A safety lesson from Lee and Ashley

The kids are finally back in school, and for me that signifies the end of summer. With the passing of the summer season comes a flurry of fall activities and that gets me thinking about safety – especially safety around the power lines during harvest.

I want to share a pretty amazing story with you. It involves two teens from Indiana named Lee and Ashley who were riding down the road when their car started to fishtail and slid into a utility pole. That pole came down – lines and all – right on top of the car.

Most people faced with this situation would do what comes naturally – get out of the car, but Lee and Ashley knew better. Only a week earlier they had seen a safety demonstration at their school sponsored by their local electric co-op. One of the key messages relayed was “Stay in your car if it ever hits a power pole. That’s where you’ll be safe from any electrical current.”

The two did just that, and kept their family members at a safe distance once they arrived. As a result, everyone walked away with just a few minor injuries. However, without a basic knowledge of electrical safety, the outcome that night could have been much different.

The electricity Nodak provides day-in and day-out is a phenomenal resource, powering our modern lifestyles in a safe, reliable and affordable way, but electricity must be respected. If safety isn’t made a priority, what changes our lives for the better could change them for the worse in an instant.

Lee and Ashley know this from experience, and we’re striving to keep you informed of electrical safety so you don’t have to learn a similar lesson the hard way.

Safety has been a part of the fundamental culture at Nodak since day one. Being an electric line worker is ranked by the U.S. Department of Labor as one of the top 10 most dangerous jobs – on the same list as fishermen, loggers and military servicemen. We take great strides to ensure that not only those linemen out in the field, but employees at all levels, make safety a top priority.

As part of our safety commit-ment, we want to encourage you to take time to learn how you can be safe around electricity. Spending just a few minutes with some helpful resources like www.SafeElectricity.org can make all the difference when you’re faced with an unsafe situation.

I hope there won’t be any stories about Nodak members getting into sticky situations this harvest season, but if there are, a few minutes spent studying safety today could ensure a happy ending. Have a safe and bountiful harvest season!