For Release: 01/07/2019

WPS to help thousands of students use electricity safely with Path to Ground program

Students across northeast and north central Wisconsin will receive an important safety lesson this month from the men and women who help keep the lights on. Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) lineworkers will be visiting classrooms in January to share crucial safety precautions to thousands of students as part of the WPS Path to Ground program.

Named after the route electricity tries to take at all times, the Path to Ground presentation features an energized display board showing students how quickly electricity is conducted if safety precautions are not followed. Students also receive an up-close look at the safety equipment WPS electric crews use each day, and learn the actions they need to take in an emergency situation involving electricity.

Each year since 1982, WPS has offered its Path to Ground presentation to help area students better understand and remain safe around electricity and electrical equipment. In 2017, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that 60,000 people were injured while using or working on electric fixtures or equipment in their homes. Additionally, the National Fire Prevention Association indicates nearly 1,400 people were injured due to electrical fires between 2010 and 2014.

Members of the media are welcome to cover a Path to Ground presentation at a participating school. A schedule of this year's presentations can be obtained by contacting WPS Media Relations.

For More Information, Contact:

WEC Energy Group