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May is Electric Safety Month

An IBEW union organizes Electric Safety Day for schoolkids at their training center

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May 20, 2016

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1049 hosted their annual Electric Safety Day for third graders from St. James Elementary on Long Island, NY. Over 90 students flooded the union hall bright eyed and bushy tailed, excited to learn about electricity, how it is made, stored, distributed and how to safely work with it. Membership Development Coordinator William O’Leary, led the presentation with two short films showing the ins and outs of electric safety and what to do in certain situations with electric wires.

“We here at IBEW Local 1049 want to make every effort to help our Long Island neighbors children keep safe around electricity. Preventing accidents are what we are about.  May is Electric Safety month and today we held our electric safety day at our new training center where these third graders learned how to be safe around electricity in and outside of their home” said Don Daley, the Business Manager of IBEW Local 1049.”

National Electrical Safety Month is an annual campaign in the month of May. It serves as a foundation to educate people about the steps that can be taken to reduce the number of electrically-related fires, fatalities, injuries, and property loss. It is imperative for young children to learn all of the safety hazards in and outside of their home. Preadolescence children are bound to get into electrical wires. Needless to say their generation is tech savvy enough to learn how to use electrically charged items without the help of an adult.

The students were able to experience a day in the life of an IBEW union line worker with the opportunity to have a hands-on experience learning more about safety procedures and what their jobs entail.

There were 3 stations for the kids to attend. A Q&A session about the truck parts and tools, a bucket truck to show what it’s like being up high working on poles, and opportunity for kids to gear up and climb a pole. The Q&A served as a fun educational session for the line worker to break down one by one what each tool is used for in the work field, they then opened the floor for discussion. The children of St. James Elementary enthusiastically took advantage and asked tons of questions to further their knowledge of how and when the tools are used.

Having the third graders gear up to work was the highlight of the Electric Safety event. It showed them how it felt to work as an IBEW line worker. Their jobs can be tough and dangerous, but as the kids said, “It takes confidence and courage to be a line worker!”

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