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Switch to Safety: Don't Put It Off!

Switch to Safety: Don't Put It Off!

To help prevent electricity-related injuries and fatalities, MGE offers its free "Switch to Safety" electric safety education program for area elementary schools located in the MGE electric service area. In many situations, a little bit of knowledge about electricity can mean the difference in receiving a minor shock or the "shock that may take your life."

Each year, hundreds of people across the country are injured or are killed due to dangerous contact with electricity. Many of these injuries and fatalities are preventable. At MGE, we take safety very seriously. Switch to Safety is a live presentation featuring MGE's Electric Safety Consultant, Kathy Laubmeier, who uses the 'Hazard Hamlet' tabletop simulator to teach and demonstrate electric safety hazards and how to respond safely to an emergency involving electricity. One of the most common scenarios involving electricity is encountering a downed power line. The best advice, according to Kathy, is to stay away from the power line and warn others with you to stay away too. Even though a power line may not be arcing and sparking or on fire, it can remain energized and cause serious injury. So don't try to move it. Contact MGE or call 911 and give the location.

The Switch to Safety program is designed to create a lasting impression on students by using a visual and audio experience depicting real-life, electric safety emergencies.