Russell Dunaway, Executive VP & CEO
This month, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on the importance of safety. May is Electrical Safety Month, and West Florida Electric Cooperative (WFEC) will be sharing safety tips and reminders throughout the month on our social media to help raise awareness about the dangers of electricity. We all depend on electricity to power our lives, but accidents can happen when electricity is improperly used.
Our responsibility to you
WFEC’s concern for safety extends beyond our employees. We care deeply about the safety of our members, and this month, we encourage you to plug into safety. According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, thousands of people in the U.S. are critically injured as a result of electrical fires, accidents and electrocution in their own homes. 66715002
To promote safety education in our local communities, we are available to present our live electric safety demonstration at your school, club or civic organization meeting, community event or church. We frequently provide electrical safety content in The Current Light Flashes and we encourage the public to contact us if they see a downed power line or any other type of dangerous electrical situation. We strive to provide our communities with safe, reliable and affordable electricity and to serve as your trusted energy
advisor, now and well into the future.
Our responsibility to employees
It is no accident that safety is a top priority at West Florida Electric Cooperative. We are committed to a culture of safety that is integral to our daily operations. In fact, WFEC is part of the Rural Electric Safety
Achievement Program (RESAP) that follows specific guidelines and protocols for electrical safety that are considered leading practices. Our lineworkers are required to wear personal protective equipment at all times when on the job. This includes special fire-resistant clothing that will self-extinguish, limiting potential injuries from burns and sparks. Insulated and rubber gloves are worn in tandem to protect from electrical shock. Our safety team regularly discusses important safety issues pertaining to work within the building as well as out in the field. 65553001
As the Executive Vice President and CEO of West Florida Electric Cooperative, I believe it is my duty and responsibility to raise awareness about the importance of electrical safety. Take a moment to plug into safety.
Please visit our website (www.westflorida.coop) or our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/wfeca) for tips about how to keep you and your loved ones safe.