That was the message Boy Scout Troop 95 received Tuesday night at the Cinergy office on National Ave. in Brazil.
Mike Sargent and Mike Vicars, field supervisors, used a specially built trailer to demonstrate how power lines and transformers work. They also showed the boys what happens when safety is ignored.
Middle: Boy Scouts hold their ears before a short across the power lines creates a loud pop, similar to a shotgun firing.
Top: A plastic balloon gets caught on a 7,200-volt power line and catches fire. Sargent and Vicars also used a piece of meat to demonstrate how badly a human can be burned if the person is holding an object that touches power lines. Although Vicars and Sargent are well-protected in this photo, too often, people are electrocuted when they allow an object to touch a nearby power line.
Jeff Myers is the Troop 95 Scoutmaster. The troop meets Tuesdays at the Jackson Township Firehouse.
Bottom: Boy Scout Troop 95 Scoutmaster Jeff Myers prepares to lead the troop in the "Pledge of Allegiance" during the program Tuesday night at the Brazil Cinergy office. Mike Vicars of Cinergy is seen at the right.