|Remember Electrical Safety as You Participate in the “Great ShakeOut” Feb. 7|
For Release: February 2, 2012
Contact: Kyla Kruse, 217-546-6815
Remember Electrical Safety as You Participate in the “Great ShakeOut” Feb. 7
Safety Tips for Avoiding Electrical Hazards Following Earthquakes
(SPRINGFIELD, Ill.) — On Tuesday, February 7, people at businesses, schools and organizations across the Central United States will participate in an earthquake drill at 10:15 a.m. CST. The drill is part of the Great ShakeOut Central U.S., which promotes earthquake awareness and preparedness.
Safe Electricity® encourages those in participating states, as well as other earthquake prone areas of the country, to be aware of electrical hazards that can follow an earthquake and how to stay safe from them.
The states in the Great ShakeOut include Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi. All nine states could feel tremors from an earthquake in the New Madrid Seismic Zone, and most could feel the effects of a quake in the Wabash Valley Seismic Zone.
“Earthquakes are terrifying and devastating events,” says Molly Hall, executive director of the Safe Electricity program. “Unfortunately, the danger is not over when the shaking stops. Communities are still vulnerable to explosions, fires and electrical accidents. Understanding electrical hazards can be a matter of life or death in such a situation.”
The New Madrid Seismic Zone is responsible for three of the 10 most powerful earthquakes in the contiguous U.S. In fact, this year marks the bicentennial of the New Madrid earthquakes that rocked the central states in December 1811 and continued into February 1812. The anniversary is a reminder of the importance of earthquake awareness.
Experts at the Great ShakeOut recommend that when you feel the earth shake, drop to the floor, cover by getting underneath sturdy furniture and hold on to the piece of furniture until the shaking stops.
When the earthquake stops, follow these tips from Safe Electricity:
As part of its national Teach Learn Care TLC campaign, Safe Electricity urges everyone to understand vital safety measures to take in the wake of earthquakes and to share that information with others. For more information on earthquake safety, visit www.shakeout.org/centralus, and for more on electrical safety inside and outside of the home, visitSafeElectricity.org.
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The Energy Education Council is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting electrical safety and energy efficiency. Established in 1952, the Council is headquartered within the University of Illinois Extension, and serves as a forum for diverse utility and energy organizations to collaborate on the mutually vital issues of efficiency and safety. Learn more at www.EnergyEdCouncil.org.