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Safe thinking for kids
Camps are a great place for young people to learn about safety around electricity, and Camp KIDS, held each year at Carter Caves State Resort Park, is a good example.

Boys and girls celebrate while learning about electricity at Camp KIDS, held at Carter Caves State Resort Park. Photo: Julie Rhea Lewis
With safety helmets on their heads and silly bands on their wrists, the 60 youths ages 10-13 learned about the benefits and dangers of electricity from David White of the Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives and Herbie Steagall with Grayson Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation. Camp KIDS is an East Carter County Family Resource and Youth Services based camp for Kids Ignoring Dangerous Situations.

Emergency prepared
An electric line falls on your vehicle. Your instincts tell you to get out. However, if you had listened to a presentation from David White and Clarence Greene with the Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives, you would know that getting out actually puts you in more danger.

Personnel for state and county road crews watch as Clarence Greene and David White demonstrate what to do in dangerous situations involving live power lines. Photo: Betty Castle

Road crews working in the service area for Big Sandy Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation now know this thanks to the cooperative. Big Sandy Co-op arranged the live line safety demonstration, which shows actual electrical emergencies and explains what to do. The road crews are just one of many participants. The cooperative arranges similar presentations for emergency management crews, fire fighters, and schools.

Recycling for energy savings
“I want to do anything and everything we can to help members manage their energy usage and lower their electric bills,” says Ted Hampton, president and CEO of Cumberland Valley Electric.

An employee at ARCA Inc., an appliance recycling company, takes apart an old refrigerator. Unplugging an old refrigerator instead of using it as a backup can help cooperative members save significantly on their energy bills. Newer refrigerators use much less energy. Photo: Rich Prewitt

Recently, that included a trek to Louisville to the ARCA Inc. recycling facility so Cumberland Valley employees could learn more about how the co-op’s members can save money through appliance recycling. It’s part of two new programs Cumberland Valley offers members: an appliance recycling program and an ENERGY STAR rebate program.

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