Area fourth graders got a crash course in the dangers of electricity and the skills behind what it takes to be a lineman this week.
The South Plains Electric Cooperative hosted about 250 students on Tuesday and Wednesday at its district office, and provided some insight into the job. The demonstration covered the dangers of overhead power lines, a pole-top rescue and bucket truck rescue, and a safety video. Lynn Simmons with SPEC said it's important for kids to know that wherever they live, there are hazards to be wary of.
"For the rural kids, downed power lines is the biggest hazard that they have to worry about, or putting irrigation pipe into a power line," Simmons said. "People don't think about it when they pick the irrigation pipe out of the fields. They forget to look up. In the suburban areas, the green boxes you see around your homes, and schools and businesses are electrical transformers, and the kids need to learn to stay away from those also."
The demonstration was one of three programs presented to about 700 students this spring in conjunction with Electric Safety Month.