South Plains Electric Cooperative hosts over 1,000 students during electrical safety demonstrations | KLBK | KAMC


(Photo courtesy of South Plains Electric Cooperative, Inc.)

LUBBOCK, Texas (PRESS RELEASE) – The following is a press release from South Plains Electric Cooperative, Inc .:

Local fourth graders will participate in a four-part program that demonstrates the dangers of electricity and the technical skills required as a lineman, hosted by the South Plains Electric Cooperative. The program will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, October 5th, 7th, 2021, from 9.30 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. The demonstrations will take place in the cooperative’s north office on the southeast corner of I-27 and Municipal Drive. This is one of three programs presented to over 1,000 students this fall to demonstrate the cooperative’s commitment to the community. This is the 21st the cooperativeNS Year in which the safety demonstrations were carried out. This program is presented to demonstrate the cooperative’s commitment to the community.

The four demonstration areas include:

• An arc demonstration showing the danger of overhead lines. SPEC employees use a mini transformer / power line structure to demonstrate the various dangers of touching overhead lines. The demonstration unit generates 7,200 volts, which is less than an actual power line, but creates sparks and fire, demonstrating the real risk of contact with a power line for students.

• SPEC-Linemen demonstrate a rescue with a mast tip and a shovel truck. The foreman emphasizes the importance of a quick response time when rescuing an injured crew member. He explains the procedure in detail, but also makes it clear that this is a procedure they hope they never have to practice in real life. Other SPEC employees demonstrate a bucket truck rescue. They explain and demonstrate how a crew must work together to bring an injured crew member to the ground safely and quickly. They explain how crew members have less than five minutes to bring an injured person to the ground and begin cardiopulmonary resuscitation before the brain is damaged by a lack of oxygen.

• a lineman explaining the dangers of underground lines and padmount transformers. The popping noise of the electricity ensures that all attention is focused on the lineman.

• A fourth demonstration station with a safety video, “The Shocking Truth,” to help students gather all safety information.

Students will also get a surprise visit from the Texas Tech Masked Rider.

About South Plains Electric Cooperative
South Plains Electric Cooperative, a local Touchstone Energy® Cooperative, supplies more than 60,000 connected meters in all or part of 18 counties. When you see Touchstone Energy you know you are being served with accountability, integrity, innovation and community dedication. For more information about South Plains Electric Cooperative, please visit the Co-op’s website at and follow them on social media.

(Press release from South Plains Electric Cooperative, Inc.)

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