Companies join forces for May National Electric Safety Month

American Electric Power and Energy Education Council form alliance to strengthen safety awareness.

Springfield, Ill., May 4, 2010—To kick-off May’s National Electric Safety Month, American Electric Power (AEP) and the Energy Education Council (EEC)’s Safe Electricity program have joined forces to strengthen electrical safety awareness through promotion of AEP’s new electrical safety e-learning module.

The electrical safety module covers everything from electricity basics, to hazards and precautions, to responding to electrical emergencies. Developed for all audiences from students to first responders, this self-study, narrated program explores electrical safety through interactive matching exercises, video clips, knowledge checks and more. All that’s needed is a computer and a little time.

“AEP’s new electrical safety e-learning module is a fantastic tool to help consumers learn about electricity and most importantly how to be safe around this powerful energy source,” said Molly Hall, executive director, Energy Education Council. “The offer to make this broadly available to consumers outside its territory is a generous educational contribution, one which the Energy Education Council and its Safe Electricity program applaud and stand ready to promote.”

“We’ve created videos, fact sheets and other methods to help educate the public, and this time, we decided to create something that would appeal to and be useful to the online community,” explained Ann Marie Keifer, manager - Public Safety. “Educating the public about electricity and its potential dangers is our best opportunity to reduce electrical accidents and fatalities. Our goal in 2010 is to have as many people as possible take this training to heighten their electrical safety awareness.”

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