Bluestem Electric provided a demonstration with their safety trailer for Clay County first responders on Tuesday, January 28, 2020. The demo was to show what to do if there is an accident involving power lines, which includes staying away from any power lines that are down. Always treat power lines as if they are live. Never exit the vehicle until you are told by a power company representative that it is safe to do so. If however, the vehicle catches fire, it will be necessary to exit the vehicle even if help has not arrived. When exiting the vehicle jump with both feet together and continue to jump that way as far as possible from the power lines.
The linemen also demonstrated what would happen when different objects come into contact with power lines.
“The trailer gave us first responders a greater understanding of the functions and potential dangers of electrical equipment; knowledge that we can use to better manage hazardous scenes and patient care,” stated Alec Trembath, Paramedic at CCEMS.
To schedule a safety demo training, please contact Bluestem Electric at (785) 632-3111 or (785) 456-2212.