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Chip's Perspective: Safety First

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Whether traveling for vacation or business, sometimes my trips involve a flight. The airline attendants give a safety demonstration at the start of each flight. They’ll show you how to use a seat belt, where the emergency exits are located and even how to use the floatation device under your seat. Luckily, I’ve never had to dash through an emergency exit on a plane – but if I do, I’d know where to go.

It’s obvious that these airlines take safety seriously. I hope it’s obvious that we do, too.

Nothing is more important to us than the safety of the men and women who perform their job in hazardous conditions. Because electricity is integrated into everyone’s daily lives, it’s easy to lose sight of how dangerous it can be. Our safety training ensures those hazardous conditions are properly managed so that they don’t turn into dangerous conditions.

We keep safety a priority and all Jackson EMC employees participate in monthly safety meetings. We emphasize the importance of employees being mindful of their surroundings, following safe work practices and procedures, and keeping their co-workers and the public safe, too.

Our goal is to restore power quickly, but safely. That means we don’t take shortcuts and may mean it takes a little longer to restore power while our crews work safely around downed power lines, trees, limbs and other debris. At the end of the day, we want our crews to be safe and for everyone to go home safely to their families.

Being a lineman is a tough job. It’s also a rewarding job. It’s a great feeling to see the lights come back on at the end of a hard day. And our crews are well trained and well prepared for the hazards they face. Just like a fireman, they wear lots of protective gear to keep them safe. Ever wonder what linemen wear to protect them from the hazards of the job? In this issue of JEMCO News, you’ll see the gear our linemen wear to protect them from high voltage electricity and to help prevent injuries. Each item serves a purpose. Above all, it’s a matter of safety first.

We also celebrate safety milestones and we're fortunate to be recognized by our peers for our safety excellence.

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