The power behind your power
April 9 is lineworker appreciation day!
by General Manager Steve Stroshane
It's been a long winter, and if you're like me, you're looking forward to springtime. April brings spring showers and flowers, but it's also the start of our summer storm season that inherently includes power outages.
We work hard to provide reliable electricity to your family, but there are times when Mother Nature has other plans. And while most of us can ride the storm out from the comfort of our homes, there is a group of professionals that spring into action when the weather takes a turn for the worse – our co-op linemen.
One of the most dangerous jobs
Listed as one of the 10 most dangerous jobs in the U.S., lineworkers perform detailed tasks on high-voltage power lines. To keep safe, they wear protective, fire-resistant clothing and use specialized equipment. Insulated rubber gloves are worn to protect from electrical shock. While the gear provides a critical safety function, it also adds weight and makes the job more difficult.
Being a lineworker is not a glamorous profession. At its essence, it is dangerous, and crews work around the clock to restore power. While some of the tools and technology have changed over the years, the dedication to the job has not. Co-op linemen brave stormy weather and challenging conditions. Carrying heavy equipment, they climb 40 or more feet into the air to restore power.
Polk-Burnett linemen are responsible for 3,000+ miles of power lines across 2,000 square miles. They work in all types of weather, day and night, holidays and weekends to bring power to your home and our local community 24/7. April is known for springtime, but we also recognize April 9 as Lineworker Appreciation Day. If you see lineworkers, please pause to consider the power behind the power and say thank you. Let them know you appreciate the hard work they do to keep your lights on.