Winter 2016 / 2017
News Briefs

Danger: High Voltage

Danger: High Voltage

Don't forget to schedule MGE's free Switch to Safety electric safety classroom demonstration for your fourth-grade students. Switch to Safety teaches students how to respond safely to a variety of different emergencies involving electricity. MGE's electric safety consultant, Kathy Laubmeier, uses the Hazard Hamlet tabletop simulator to show various safety scenarios including downed power lines, avoiding contact with overhead lines around the home and in the neighborhood, illegal entry into electric substations, downed power lines on automobiles and other potentially dangerous situations involving electricity. Students are introduced to electricity terms and concepts including conductors, insulators, pathway to ground, voltage, substations, circuits and more. Students are often unaware that contact with high-voltage wires can cause serious injuries, especially those involving electricity and water. Accidents involving electricity, water and the human body can be life-threatening since the human body is an excellent conductor of electricity.

To schedule the program, contact Kathy Laubmeier at jklaub@tds.net or 608-271-4399.