This May, take the time to plug into safety

Submitted by admin on Tue, 05/09/2017 - 19:11

As May rolls in, it is a good time to reflect on the importance of safety. May is Electrical Safety Month, and our number one goal is to help raise awareness about the dangers of electricity. We all depend on electricity to power our lives, but accidents can happen when electricity is improperly used.

Our responsibility to you

Coastal Electric’s 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.

To promote safety education in our local communities, we publish safety information on this website and offer hot-line demonstrations to grade schools and to the public. We also 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 Coastal Electric. We are committed to a culture of safety that is integral to our daily operations. In fact, Coastal Electric 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 lineworkers 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.

It is our duty and responsibility to raise awareness about the importance of electrical safety. Take a moment to plug into safety. Please visit our safety links for tips about how to keep you and your loved ones safe.