The Washington Times-Herald
---- — Daviess-Martin County REMC presented an electric safety program for public service providers in Daviess, Martin and Lawrence counties at the REMC headquarters on Nov. 7. Several EMT’s, police, sheriff and fire personnel, along with others who have the possibility of coming into contact with electric lines, were invited to attend the presentation.
To start the evening, the attendees were treated to a fish fry supper provided by Brownstown Electric and the REMC.
Terry Adkins, Senior Loss Control/Risk Management Specialist at Indiana Statewide REC, began the program with an informative talk and powerpoint presentation. A hi-voltage demonstration was conducted by Ron Taylor and Dave Helton, training and safety instructors at Hoosier Energy.
“Always assume a downed power line is hot!,” Adkins warned. “Do not try to get the victim out of the car if they are involved in an automobile accident with a utility pole and the electrical lines are low or have landed on the car,” Adkins cautioned the crowd. “Wait for someone to get to the scene to disconnect the power lines.”
First responders were advised not to take chances if electric lines were within 10 feet of an accident scene. The safety necessity for tree trimming was also discussed with the attendees. Regular trimming keeps trees from growing into power lines and becoming dangerous conductors of electricity.
Janet Chestnut, Daviess-Martin County REMC’s manager of communications and member relations, summed up the purpose of the event this way, “It is our desire to eliminate any accidents relating to electric power and keep our public service personnel working safely throughout our communities.”