Live Line demonstration unit
South Central Power’s Live Line Demonstration Unit is a valuable educational tool. It’s a good program for law enforcement and safety authorities, civic groups and high school students. The live line unit uses 7,200 volts back-fed through a transformer. Co-op operations personnel show the real dangers of electricity, but safely. When set up, three poles are connected with 30 feet of primary wire. Transformers are on the poles at either end, with a breaker on the middle pole. Linemen and area supervisors demonstrate how our hot sticks and safety gear are used.
The demo unit also shows how reclosers function and how a fuse blows. The real eye opener for most people is how leather gloves, tennis shoes and steel-belted tires don’t protect against electricity flowing through electric lines. The unit was designed and built by a number of South Central Power employees.
Safety Town program
Another educational tool that South Central Power uses is the Safety Town program. It is a smaller electric safety unit for younger students or smaller groups. Co-op personnel teach about the dangers of overhead power lines, real-life situations where children could come into conflict with those lines plus many more topics.
Additional presentations can be done on energy conservation, deregulation and other cooperative topics.
For more information
For additional questions or to reserve the unit at your organizational meeting, email firstname.lastname@example.org.