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Ron 1Benton REA’s top priority is the safety of the public and we strive to ensure that the public is safe around electrical power lines. Benton REA has a proactive safety program to inform the public about electrical safety, including:

Safety demonstrations conducted in the classrooms and at community events, reaching more than 1,000 kids and adults each yearRadio and print advertising with electricity safety messages

Radio and print advertising with electricity safety messages

Safety messages in the monthly Ruralite magazine

Safety information on the Benton REA website

Safety Demonstrations

The Benton REA safety demonstrations have been a classroom favorite for many years as kids learn how to stay safe around electricity in a fun and exciting atmosphere. The safety demonstration is also used for adults, as businesses have incorporated this demonstration into their workers safety meetings. If you are interested in having an electric safety demonstration for you classroom or group, e-mail Ron Mitchell or call 509-786-8265, toll free at 800-221-6987.

Benton REA is committed to educating our members on all electrical safety. Electrical safety becomes more important every day in our homes which are constantly evolving and expanding in technology. In today’s world if we stop and take a snap shot of how much time we spend with electrical gadgets in our hands, they take up the majority of our lives, so keeping up on the newest electrical safety tips become more important. Below is some basic electrical safety tips and links to web sites that provide more detailed electrical safety information.

Electrical Safety Tips

1. Look up. Be aware of overhead power lines.
2. Call before you dig. Locate underground power lines and other utilities by calling 811 or 1-800-424-5555
3. Stay away from downed power lines. Always assume they are still electrified.
4. Never use electrical equipment or tools near a pool or other wet areas.
5. Fly kites and model airplanes in open areas well away from trees and power lines..
6. Inspect power tools and electric lawn mowers for frayed power cords, broken plugs and cracked or broken housings.
7. Do not plant vegetation or construct any permanent structures directly in front of underground electrical equipment devices.

NFPA Electrical Safety in the Home

OSHA Electrical Safety

Call Before You Dig

Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) Kids Safety (For Parents)

ESFI Kids Corner (For Kids)


 Contact us at 1-800-221-6987


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