By Matt Nauman
Keeping the public safe is PG&E’s top priority. That’s why the company has been working tirelessly to improve the safety of its gas and electric operations.
And one key aspect of safety is education. That’s why two PG&E electric workers were at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco recently. The men used a small-scale electric demo board to show how to be safe around electricity by avoiding hazards.
Daniel Martinez is an electric-crew foreman in San Francisco and a 28-year PG&E employee. Loren Peterson is a troubleman, an electric first responder. He’s been with the company for 24 years.
“The kids’ reactions are the best,” said Martinez. But adults watch, too, and have thanked Martinez for making them aware of situation that they hadn’t thought out before.
PG&E has shown its electric demo board more than 350 times this year. It has appeared at fairs and festivals, at corporate and civic events and other functions. More than 5,000 people have watched the demonstration.
Watching trees and ladders and people come in contact with live wires usually produces a “gasp” from the audience. It makes for a memorable lesson.
Tabitha Garcia watched the demonstration at the museum. She’s a PG&E customer and the den leader of her son’s Cub Scout troop.
“The demonstration was great,” she said. “I saw a lot of kids really stop and listen. We’re always looking for ways to teach the boys about safety.”
Daniel Martinez talks about safety when he’s on the job, out in PG&E’s 70,000-square-mile service area. He’s gratified that his safety lessons are having an impact.
“Engaging the public around our system is very important .I do it every day when I’m out in the field working,” he said. “Education is definitely a big part of it. It’s good to make people aware.”
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