On Wednesday at Fairview Junior High School, North Western Electric Cooperative put on a high voltage safety demonstration to educate the students on how to stay safe in situations where downed power lines may be present.
During the presentation, the students were shown, in graphic detail, what happens when anything from a balloon to a tire hits a live wire. To show what could happen if someone touches a live wire, a hot dog was used as a stand-in for a human finger. The result was a scorched hot dog. After the live demonstration, students were able to pick up and try on some of the rubber gloves and sleeves worn by those who work on the lines. North Western, based in Bryan, serves 6,160 customers with a system consisting of 69 miles of high voltage transmission lines.