South Plains Electric Cooperative hosts 4th graders for Electrical Safety Month events

4th graders learning about electrical safety

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - May is Electrical Safety Month, and South Plains Electric Cooperative will raise awareness this month with different events.

This is the 16th year for South Plains Electric Cooperative to host electrical safety demonstrations for close to 1,000 fourth graders in our area.

SPEC says electricity is such a vital aspect of our lives, but it's also important for us to know how to use electricity safely.

The students will go through five different demonstration sites where they'll learn a little bit about everything, from basic electricity to what the linemen do every day.

SPEC Director of communications Lynn Simmons says fourth graders are a great age for these demonstrations because they ask a lot of questions and really absorb what they're learning.

"Our goal is to make the kids not afraid of electricity, but learn how to respect it. We use electricity every day in everything that we do and we forget sometimes just how dangerous it is," Simmons said.

Simmons says they hope through these demonstrations they will impact these fourth graders to spread what they learn and ultimately, save lives because of it.

There will be five demonstration areas for the students.

One of them will include a live wire demonstration, showing them how electric volts affects things like a kite string or a piece of rope.

Another area will be their underground demonstration.

"With all the growth in Southwest Lubbock, a lot of the services are underground, and the pad mount transformers are in the alleys behind the homes," Simmons said. "So we show those to the kids and tell them how they operate, explain to them what it is and why it's not a play item. It's not something to crawl on, jump on and hide behind."

These demonstrations will take place Tuesday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until Noon at the North office at I-27 and Municipal Drive.

They'll also be doing this at their offices in Spur and Childress in the next few weeks.

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