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FirstEnergy to host Electrical Safety Demo with Indians at the Kennedy Boys & Girls Club in Cleveland

Angela Kervorkian-Wattle

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Cleveland, OH – Knowledge is the best kind of power when it comes to electrical safety. Teaming up the Cleveland Indians, FirstEnergy Corp will host a live electrical safety demonstration to more than 30 children of the King Kennedy Boys & Girls Club in Cleveland.

Children ranging from the ages of 5 to 13 years old enjoyed an educational and fun-filled day. They played games and had an exclusive visit from the Indians pitcher Zach Plesac and their team’s mascots, Slider and The Dogs. With his Plesac Pals Program, Plesac works with the Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Ohio. This program includes a course of visits to Boys & Girls Clubs across Cleveland and this is sponsored by FirstEnergy. Its main focus is to promote a healthy lifestyle and encourage the young and youth to stay active.

“Maintaining a healthy lifestyle includes being safe, especially around electricity,” said Plesac. “It was an honor to team up with our local electric company to encourage our young community to lead healthy and safe lifestyles.”

To give a clear demo of the dangers associated with electricity, the children gathered outside in the parking lot to watch as the utility and safety personnel of First Energy demonstrated 7,200 volts of power of electricity against various materials using a mobile electrical safety exhibit. This live wire electrical distribution mobile feature energized electrical wires, utility poles, and transformers.

“Safety is a core value at FirstEnergy, and this event is a reflection of our daily focus on safety that extends beyond our employees and into the communities we serve,” says Laura Redenshek, director of safety for FirstEnergy Utilities. Children tend to grasp concepts by what they can see, and our safety demonstration allows them to see the dangers of electricity firsthand in a controlled environment, so they retain the knowledge and share it with their friends and family.”

This event was part of FirstEnergy’s “Stop. Look. Live” safety campaign to educate the community about being safe around electricity and near power lines and equipment. Engaging notable initiatives to help keep safe targeted groups that are most at risk of encountering safety hazards which include first-responder organizations and contractors.

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