Molly Hall, Director of Safe Electricity
Save Your Child’s Life
Learn-life saving lessons and teach them to your children
Children’s laughter as they run through a sprinkler or splash in a pool, the hum of a boat out on a lake, waves slapping against the shore while fishing; all are the sounds of summer water recreation.
Safe Electricity reminds everyone: Teach what you know about electrical safety, Learn what you need to, and Care enough to share it with those you love.
Safe Electricity’s new “TLC – Teach Learn Care” campaign reminds everyone that water and electricity are a dangerous combination. It highlights the story of 12-year old Caitlyn MacKenzie, an Edwardsville, Ill. girl, who tragically lost her life last summer in an electrical accident. Damp from swimming she reached for a faulty outdoor lamp and received a heart-stopping electrical shock. As part of the TLC safety awareness campaign, her family urges everyone to become educated about electrical safety. The video of their compelling story can be seen on www.SafeElectricity.org.
Teresa Orasco, Caitlyn’s mother, puts it simply and best, “If you are not educated about electrical safety, become educated and educate your children, your grandchildren, nieces, nephews - anyone you can. It’s important. You don’t realize how important until tragedy strikes.”
Assessing electrical hazards near areas of water is a wise investment of time and personal energy. Electrical equipment around swimming pools can pose a very real hazard.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, deaths and serious shocks occur in, and around, swimming pools each year. Safe Electricity offers tips to stay safe in or around swimming pools:
Remember to give those you love TLC – Teach, Learn and Care about electrical safety to keep your summer fun safe!
Molly Hall is the Director of Safe Electricity. For more information on these and other kinds of situations involving electricity visit www.SafeElectricity.org.
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