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Lake Region Electric shares educational messages with local schools

Linemen showed the class what safety equipment they wear and spoke about common electrical dangers people face.

Kids in a classroom sit while listening to a presentation.
Lake Region Electric Cooperative linemen Ethan Kern, left, and Jason Haman, right, showcase the arching that can occur when a tree touches a power line during a classroom demonstration on March 30, 2022.
Contributed / Lake Region Electric Cooperative
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NEW YORK MILLS — Hands danced in the air with questions as Lake Region Electric Cooperative (LREC) linemen Ethan Kern and Jason Haman gave a safety demonstration on March 30. The New York Mills fifth grade class was eager to learn about electricity and how to play safely around it.

Kern and Haman showed the class what safety equipment they wear and spoke about common electrical dangers people face.

“Educating our future generations about electricity is important and something everyone should learn about,” Haman said. “Many don’t realize how dangerous it can be flying a kite or playing near a padmount transformer.”

During the safety demonstration, Kern and Haman used a tabletop display to show different instances in which one could be accidentally electrocuted, according to an LREC news release. The students were shown the effects when something encounters electricity and the arcing result. After the demonstration, the students asked many questions ranging from how to safely exit a car when there are downed lines to why can birds land on power lines.

A lineman talks with a student at their presentation table.
Jason Haman, Lake Region Electric Cooperative lineman, speaks with a New York Mills student about the dangers of placing a firetruck and extending the ladder under power lines on March 30, 2022.
Contributed / Lake Region Electric Cooperative

“Bringing our display to local schools gives real-life examples of how electricity can be dangerous and the results that can occur,” Kern said. “If we can prevent just one accident through our demonstration and education, that makes all the difference.”


LREC linemen will continue their education presentations throughout the region with upcoming visits at Underwood and Parkers Prairie public schools.

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