KISSIMMEE, Fla., May 29, 2013 – Kissimmee Utility Authority on May 24 unveiled the newest bucket truck in its fleet and used student artwork on the truck’s exterior to promote the safe and responsible use of electricity.
Both sides of the truck feature the name, grade level, school, headshot and artwork of the utility’s 2013 student calendar art contest winner, fifth grader Omar E. Berrios from Freedomland Christian Academy. Berrios’ entry was one of 2,049 received in this year’s contest.
The 16-ton truck, used for construction and service restoration, will carry the safety message for one year. The vehicle will also be featured in community events and parades as a way to reinforce the importance of electrical safety.
“We chose a utility bucket truck for this project because they are highly visible in the community and a reminder that contact with electricity requires special training and special equipment,” said KUA spokesperson Chris Gent. “We’re proud to share our safety message in this fun and unique way.”
Every year in the United States, tens of thousands of people are killed or injured from contact with electricity. In fact, one person is electrocuted in the home every 25 hours, according to the latest data available from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. These types of accidents are also the leading cause of death for children, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Founded in 1901, KUA (https://kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 64,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.
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Chris M. Gent