Cub Scouts Pack 71 learned about power line safety and the equipment used by Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) lineworkers at their meeting in Gainesville on Oct. 12.
GRU Utility Safety and Training Facilitator Gary McKenzie and lineworker Alvin Moore showed the scouts how electricity can travel from a downed or active live wire to people, vehicles and even pets. Scouts had a chance to try on rubber gloves and other equipment.
Brandi Shatto, GRU residential efficiency coordinator, handed out home survey kits filled with items that help lower household energy use and lower utility bills.
The demonstration used live voltage and included safety tips that showed the cubs what happens when balloon lands on live wires and how people, vehicles and even pets can be harmed when coming into contact with downed or live wires.