Safety presentation energizes Walker students


Laine Wing and Kevin Lundy observe as "Chester the Squirrel" shorts out a transformer on a model of a typical neighborhood. CHELCO representative Kevin Campbell, wearing insulating gloves, shows how a dangling and live electrical line can energize the ground it touches.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 02:01 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Walker Elementary School fifth-grader LaZaria Carr knows what to do if she sees someone being electrocuted.

"Call 9-1-1!" she said.

Choctawhatchee Electrical Cooperative representative Kevin Campbell, who visited LaZaria's class this week, asked her to shout the answer so her classmates remember.

"Run, scream, call — whatever you have to do to get help," Campbell said. "But don't touch them!"

Campbell and CHELCO's Stanley Donald demonstrated electricity safety procedures to LaZaria and her classmates in Debbie Bruning and Jacque Whittle's classes.

Using a model of a neighborhood with scale utility poles, buildings and a CHELCO utility truck, the men discussed the benefits of electricity, but also warned of its dangers if it is misused.

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