Manager’s Message – May 2022
May is National Electric Safety Month
May is National Electrical Safety Month. We want to keep electrical safety at the forefront, not only this month but throughout the year. Of all the hazards we face in daily life—at home, at school, and on the job—there is perhaps none quite so unforgiving as electricity. You won’t see it coming, and when it strikes, it strikes hard, killing or disabling someone, or destroying property.
Safety is an essential practice at Northern Lights, Inc. (NLI). Each month, our staff engages in safety training and a safety meeting where we check the safety of our equipment and discuss ways to make our work environment safer. In our line of work, it really is the difference between life and death. From our co-op crews to you, the members we serve, we recognize that everyone has a part to play in prioritizing safety.
According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, thousands of people in the U.S. are critically injured or electrocuted due to electrical fires and accidents in their own homes. Many of these accidents are preventable. Electricity is a necessity, and it powers our daily lives. But we know firsthand how dangerous electricity can be because we work with it 365 days a year.
Safety is a priority at NLI. That’s why you’ll see us hosting safety demonstrations at community events and in schools throughout the year to demonstrate the dangers of electricity. We discuss emergency scenarios, such as what to do in a car accident involving a utility pole and downed power lines. We caution students on the dangers of pad-mounted transformers and overloading circuits with too many electronic devices.
NLI is dedicated to educating and caring for our employees, members and communities during National Electrical Safety Month in May, as well as every month of the year.