Know What to Do in Electrical Emergency (PSA Radio Script)

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You're taking the combine to the field through a back gate, one you haven't used before. You look back to see that you're hung up on an overhead power line.

What do you do?

Climbing out of the combine is the worst thing you can do. Unless you're in immediate danger, stay where you are and call for help.

Most utility lines are uninsulated, bare wires. Don't let your body become a direct link between the line and the ground. If you must leave the combine, jump as far as you can so that no part of your body touches the combine and the ground at the same time.

And once you're off the combine, never get back on until the power line is disconnected by the utility company.

Every year, 62 farm workers are electrocuted in the United States. And you don't want to be one of them.

This radio public service announcement was distributed by Iowa State University Extension as part of the Safe Farm program. Safe Farm promotes health and safety in agriculture. It is funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Iowa State University, and a network of groups that serve Iowa farm workers and their families. Distribution date: November 1992

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