This May, take the time to plug into safety
We all depend on electricity to power our lives, but accidents can happen when electricity is improperly used. Because May is Electrical Safety Month, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on the importance of safety.
Our responsibility to you
Our concern for safety extends beyond our employees. We care deeply about the safety of our members, and this month, we encourage you to plug into safety. According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, thousands of people in the U.S. are critically injured and electrocuted as a result of electrical fires, accidents and electrocution in their own homes.
We are committed to safety education in our local communities through such programs as Making Accidents Disappear by Scott Davis, a Hot Springs-based magician, who performs numerous electrical safety “magic” shows for elementary school children each year. We frequently provide electrical safety content in Arkansas Living, as well as on our website and through social media. We encourage the public to contact us if they see a downed power line or any other type of dangerous electrical situation. We strive to provide our communities with safe, reliable and affordable electricity and to serve as your trusted energy advisor, now and well into the future.
Our responsibility to employees
It is no accident that safety is a top priority at Craighead Electric Cooperative. We are committed to a culture of safety that is integral to our daily operations. In fact, Craighead Electric Coooperaive is part of the Rural Electric Safety Achievement Program (RESAP) that follows specific guidelines and protocols for electrical safety that are considered leading practices. Our linemen are required to wear personal protective equipment at all times when on the job. This includes special fire-resistant clothing that will self-extinguish, limiting potential injuries from burns and sparks. Insulated and rubber gloves are worn in tandem to protect from electrical shock. Our safety team regularly discusses important safety issues pertaining to work within the building as well as out in the field.
We hope this month you will take a moment to plug into safety. Please visit www.esfi.org for tips about how to keep you and your loved ones safe.