Craighead Electric Cooperative offers several electrical safety programs for people of all ages such as:
An entertaining but educational free school assembly with, Magician Scott Davis' program"Making Accidents Disappear" which has delighted elementary age children all across the United States.
A Safety City Demo taken to classrooms by Craighead Electric employees demonstrating the production of electricity, how it gets to your home and safety procedures on downed power lines.
A High Voltage Safety Trailer travels to schools and businesses demonstrates 7000 volts of live electrical power educating the public about proper safety precautions around electrical equipment.
These safety demonstrations are routinely presented to volunteer fire departments, schools, boys and girls scouts, 4-H groups, businesses and many others at their request.
We also, partner with Arkansas Electric Cooperative in arranging tours for 5th graders to the Independence Steam Electric Station in Newark, Arkansas showing students how electric is produced with coal.
For more information on these and other safety programs,click here or call 1-800-794-5012.
Accidentally contacting a power line can be dangerous and in some cases, even deadly. Your Touchstone Energy cooperative wants to help our members stay safe around power lines.
Keep a safe distance
Whether you are playing outdoors with your children or working on landscaping projects, keep a safe distance from power lines and other equipment your co-op uses to get electricity to your home.
Always remember to:
- Stay away from power lines, meters, transformers and electrical boxes.
- Don’t climb trees near power lines.
- Never fly kits, remote control airplanes or balloons near power lines.
- If you get something stuck in a power line, call your Touchstone Energy co-op to get it.
- Keep a safe distance from overhead power lines when working with ladders or installing objects such as antennas.
- Never touch or go near a downed power line.
- Don’t touch anything that may be touching a downed wire, such as a car.
- Keep children and pets away.
If a power line falls on a car, you should stay inside the vehicle. This is the safest place to stay. Warn people not to touch the car or the line. Call or ask someone to call the local cooperative and emergency services.
The only circumstance in which you should consider leaving a car that is in contact with a downed power line is if the vehicle catches on fire. Open the door. Do not step out of the car. You may receive a shock. Instead, jump free of the car so that your body clears the vehicle before touching the ground. Once you clear the car, shuffle at least 50 feet away, with both feet on the ground.
As in all power line related emergencies, call for help immediately by dialing 911 or call your electric utility company's Service Center/Dispatch Office.
Do not try to help someone else from the car while you are standing on the ground.