Fall 2014
News Briefs

Switch to Safety... More than 30 years!

Switch to Safety... More than 30 years!

For more than 30 years, MGE has taught electric safety education in area elementary schools, reaching more than 50,000 students. Each year, more than 2,000 area elementary students participate.

When MGE started the program in the late 1970s, it was an outdoor demonstration presented by MGE line crews. They used their bucket trucks and specialized protective equipment and tools to discuss safety concepts.

To reach more students with the safety message, we developed a classroom version of Switch to Safety. It featured the Hazard Hamlet™ simulator, allowing students to see a variety of potential electric hazards, including downed power lines, dangerous illegal entry into electric substations and vehicle accidents involving energized power lines.

The 30-minute classroom demonstration program is targeted at fourth-grade students. What makes Switch to Safety so appealing to teachers and students? Teacher evaluations reveal that program presenter Kathy Laubmeier does an excellent job of classroom management, presenting the Hazard Hamlet safety simulator and delivering relevant personal safety content typically not covered in most text books.

Each student who participates with Switch to Safety receives a copy of the program activity booklet, a safety pencil and a natural gas leak scratch 'n sniff card. Scratching the card releases the same odor detected during a gas leak, at a safe level.

To schedule Switch to Safety at your school, please contact Kathy Laubmeier, MGE Safety Consultant, at jklaub@tds.net. Be safe around electricity!