KCP&L Shares Safety Tips

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KCP&L announces the winners of its Be Safe Video Contest

Kansas City, Mo. (May 14, 2014) – April showers bring more than just May flowers. They also bring the reminder that storm season is upon us and that it is time to brush on electrical safety tips. Because May is National Electrical Safety Month here are just a few tips to make sure everyone stays safe.

Safety Tips
Indoor safety tips include:
  • Unplug appliances and tools when not in use. Pull by the plug, not the cord. 
  • Don’t overload outlets and be smart about how you use extension cords. Avoid stringing multiple cords together or running them through areas where they might become worn or severed. 
  • Make sure light bulbs are the right wattage for the fixture. 
Outdoor safety tips include: 
  • Ladders and power lines don’t mix. When carrying a ladder, always look up to ensure you don’t make contact with a power line. Be aware of power lines coming into your home before you climb a ladder. If possible use a fiberglass or wooden ladder when working around the house. 
  • Never touch downed power lines or use anything to try to move them. You risk electric shock or electrocution. 
  • Before you dig or excavate for any planting or improvement project, protect yourself and avoid costly utility interruptions. Call 8-1-1 before you dig to get the location of all underground utilities. 
“Safety is our top priority at KCP&L,” said Marvin Rollison, KCP&L vice president of Safety and Corporate Services. “These recommended tips help to ensure our customers stay vigilant and safe around electricity.”

Safety Contest
Also during National Electrical Safety Month, KCP&L enlisted the help of customers to spread the message of safety through the second annual KCP&L Be Safe Video Contest.

Customers created 30-second videos featuring safety messages ranging from not using electrical appliances near water to not overloading electrical outlets. The videos were uploaded to KCP&L’s Facebook page and voted on by the public.

This year’s winners took electrical safety to new heights. The grand prize winner of the contest is Calvin Winkler from Overland Park, Ks. Calvin’s prize-winning video features his twin daughters who demonstrate safe and unsafe electrical practices.

View Calvin's winning video.

Calvin and his daughters will receive a $500 prize and six tickets to an upcoming Royals game. In addition to the grand prize, KCP&L awarded prizes ranging from $250 to $100 and Royals tickets for four new categories this year including:
Visit the KCP&L YouTube channel to view all the video submissions to brush up on safety knowledge.

“Safety is a serious topic but this contest allowed us a unique opportunity to put our customers in the director’s chair to showcase why electrical safety is so important in your everyday life,” said Rollinson. “The Winklers’ video showcased that by taking a serious topic and making it fun and relatable for people of all ages.”

For more information about household electrical safety, download a brochure in the Safety section of KCP&L’s Brochure Center.

About KCP&L:
Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., Great Plains Energy Incorporated (NYSE: GXP) is the holding company of Kansas City Power & Light Company and Aquila, Inc. (doing business as KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company), two of the leading regulated providers of electricity in the Midwest. Kansas City Power & Light and Aquila use KCP&L as a brand name. More information about the company is available on the Internet at: http://www.greatplainsenergy.com.