KUA Warns of Real-Life ‘Fear Factor’

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., January 28, 5:00 p.m. – A disturbing scene in an upcoming episode of “Couples Fear Factor” has prompted Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) to step up electrical safety warnings to its customers.

In the episode, scheduled to air on the NBC television network on Monday, Jan. 31, at 8 p.m. (EST), participants stand at a high-voltage electric substation and receive “minor” nuisance shocks.

“The reality of what would happen to anyone in this circumstance is far more tragic than portrayed in this show,” says Chris Gent, KUA’s manager of corporate communications. “This portrayal sends a disturbing message to viewers that playing around electric utility equipment is safe — or, worse yet, a game. Nothing could be further from the truth.”

Substations contain equipment that is very dangerous to touch. All substations, including those owned by KUA, are protected by fences or walls and have warning and high-voltage signs posted on them. An individual should never attempt to climb over or crawl under these fences or walls.

KUA urges parents and children to pay careful attention to warnings and all signs near or around electrical equipment. When working or playing outdoors:
— Stay out of high-voltage power line rights-of-way and electric substations, or any place where “Danger: High Voltage” signs are posted
— Don’t climb power poles
— Don’t throw toys, sneakers or any other object over electrical wires
— Fly kites and balloons in open areas far away from power lines
— Never touch downed wires. Contact KUA or local law enforcement agencies immediately if you notice downed wires

Founded in 1901, KUA is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric, water and telecommunication services to 170,000 residents in five Central Florida counties.

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Chris M. Gent
(407) 933-7777 x 1116