Safety is of the utmost importance to Moon Lake Electric. We all need to be informed about the possible dangers of electricity because we utilize it every day of our lives. By understanding the basic principles of electrical safety, we can better protect ourselves and our families.
Electricity looks for the quickest path to the ground, and travels through conductors on its journey there. Good conductors include water, metals, and people (due to the body's 70 percent water content). When electricity travels through the body, it can overload the nervous and cardiovascular systems. Electrical burns can cause serious injury or death!
As the area's provider of electrical power, Moon Lake Electric understands that we carry a lot of responsibility within the community. And part of that responsibility lies in keeping the community safe and helping residents understand that while electricity is good and allows us to live our lives the way we do, it also poses some serious hazards. "We want our members, as well as our employees, to be safe and that's why we have our safety demonstration trailer--to instill in our members and in the kids the importance of being safe and using good judgment," says Moon Lake's Curtis Miles.
Believe it or not, Moon Lake's annual safety demonstration is a highlight at area schools. So how do you get kids interested, and even looking forward to a safety demonstration? Make it fun, make it interactive and make it informative. And that's exactly what Curtis does with demonstrations like the now well-known cooked hot dog and zapped grapefruit experiment. "You know the students are excited, they want to see it again and again. And usually the classes that have seen it before pass it along so by the time I get there they know what we're going to be doing. They really enjoy it, but it also makes a good point," says Curtis.
Doing Our Part
As a power co-op, Moon Lake Electric is a vital part of the community and we understand that there's nothing more important we can do than to help our community stay safe. Every year hundreds of school kids take part in our safety demonstrations and every one of them walks away with a new-found respect for electricity and perhaps even a healthy fear of it. "The bottom line is that Moon Lake is concerned about safety, not only for our employees, but for the community."
More than just being a part of the community, Moon Lake sees it as our responsibility to watch out for the community as well. It might not be what you'd expect from a power co-op, but to us, it's part of what being a co-op is all about--keeping your lights on and keeping everyone as safe as possible. It's why we say, Moon Lake Electric, the power to bring you the best.
Inside Safety Tips
Do not put too many plugs in an outlet. Wires may overheat, destroy insulation, and cause a fire. Make sure appliance and extension cords are not frayed. Replace them! DO NOT PATCH THE CORDS!
Do not run cords behind radiators, under carpets, or through doorways which will subject them to damage. Pull on the plug and not the cord when unplugging something.
Be sure you have ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection anywhere electricity and water are within six feet of each other. If an electrical appliance falls into water, do not reach for it! Immediately unplug it from the wall outlet.
Never put anything metal into a toaster. Electricity can travel through the metal and into you. If toast gets stuck, unplug the toaster first and let it cool down before removing the toast.
Outside Safety Tips
Avoid all downed power lines!!
If you see a downed power line call the local power company in the area immediately. If you hit a power line pole or have a power line fall on your vehicle, stay in the vehicle and call the local power company! If you have to leave the vehicle for an emergency reason (vehicle on fire or other life or death situation only) while near downed power lines, jump with both feet at the same time from the vehicle!
Carry and use ladders and tools so they stay away from all power lines, including the line that connects your home.
If a ladder starts to fall into an overhead line, let it go! Call Moon Lake to kill the power before moving it off the line.
Choose double-insulated or properly grounded tools for use outdoors or in wet areas.
Outdoor electrical outlets should have weatherproof covers. Always use outlets with ground fault circuit interupter (GFCI) protection to prevent serious shock.
Contact Blue Stakes or the Utility Notification Center of Colorado before digging and locate all power lines before trimming trees, kite flying, or using a ladder.
When using portable saws, trimmers, or drills, keep the cord behind you where it can't be cut or damaged.