May is Electrical Safety Month, and so this month more than ever, ECI REC encourages members to focus on safety around power lines and other electrical equipment. Raising awareness is the key! By working together to communicate about safe practices, we can keep you and your family, neighbors, and friends safe and lower the number of electric-related injuries, fires, and deaths in our homes, schools, farms, and offices.
Throughout the month, we'll be providing electrical safety myths vs. facts on our Facebook page. You'll find the first one below, and you can find more information in the Safety section of our websit, or by visiting www.safeelectricity.org or www.esfi.org.
Myth: Tires insulate my car from electrical dangers.
Fact: If a wire falls on your car while you are in it, the tires do not keep you from being injured by the electricity. The vehicle is the path to ground for the electrical current, so while you remain in the car, you are safe. The moment you step out of the car, you are the path to the ground and in danger. If you find yourself in a situation where your car has hit a utility pole or power lines have fallen, stay in the car and warn others to stay away. Wait for a utility crew to cut the power. Only exit the car if it is on fire. Make sure to not touch the ground and the car at the same time. Jump from the car, keeping your feet together, and hop away from the scene.