Skip to main navigation.
Outage Reporting: 1.800.264.7362

SCI Creates First-of-its-Kind Safety Visor

South Central Indiana REMC recently held its 78th Annual Member Meeting. A highlight of this year includes the cooperative’s “Commitment to Safety” theme.

bag that visor comes in

As part of that theme, SCI REMC pioneered a new way to help keep people away from downed power lines and life-threatening situations. The co-op handed out reflective car visors with a dual purpose: when placed in the dashboard window, the normal silver side helps keep cars cool, while the 
reverse black side, which is normally left blank, had a printed message on it. 
 
The message, "Keep Back! Power Lines Down!," is intended to be used as a warning for people in dangerous situations. When a person is in their car and they come across a downed power line, they would put the black side of the visor (facing out) in one of their windows. That message would be posted as a warning for anyone else who approaches the area with the downed pow​erlines.

"Every year we hear about a person who died because they got out of the car after an accident with downed power lines that were still live," said Maura Giles, SCI REMC's manager of cooperative relations, and creator of the visor project. "We hope this not only helps people stay safe, but also spread awareness about the importance of staying in your car when there are downed power lines around.
 
"As a locally-owned, not-for-profit, electric cooperative, SCI REMC works diligently every day to promote the safety of our community," she said.

front side of visor

back side of visor
Giles added that the Cooperative has a free live line safety demonstration 
they use to spread the message of what to do around power lines. They take it to area schools, organizations, emergency responder groups, and events such as fairs. "We also do the demonstration for graduating classes of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy so our men and women in uniform can respond to emergency situations safely." About SCI REMC

SCI REMC is a member-owned cooperative electric distribution facility. A cooperative is a business owned by its customers, known as members. SCI REMC is one of 38 rural electric cooperatives in Indiana. Electric cooperatives were organized throughout the state in the 1930s. At that time, investor-owned utilities were supplying power in urban areas, but would not supply electric power to rural customers. This was common across the country at this time in history. People living in rural areas saw that those in cities had electricity, and wanted it as well. As a result, with loans from the Rural Electrification Administration, rural communities banded together and created electric cooperatives. Hoosiers 77 years ago in Morgan, Monroe, Owen, Brown and parts of Putnam, Clay and Johnson counties, pooled their money, and set poles and tied lines by hand to bring electricity to rural South Central Indiana.

 

Powered by Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Logo