Final two Summer of Safety events are Aug. 8 and 15

PGE outreach at local fairs helps kids learn to play it safe outside

Aug. 4, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. — Playtime in the summer is a fun time, but outdoor play can lead to encounters with electrical equipment that should be left alone. To help teach children how to play it safe outdoors this summer, PGE is visiting community fairs, providing safety information and a special presentation covering outdoor electrical safety basics.

Hazard Hamlet, an interactive outdoor electrical safety diorama for children, will be presented by PGE to at two final events this summer. The safety presentations are part of PGE’s Summer of Safety outreach program, teaching children how to play safely in the outdoors by avoiding electrical equipment such as poles, wires and transformers.

Where and when to see the Hazard Hamlet presentation by PGE

Aug. 8 — Celebrate Hillsboro, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. in downtown Hillsboro. This event, hosted by the City of Hillsboro, features live music, arts and crafts, free health screenings, eco-friendly activities, a Saturday Farmers’ Market and community information booths that promote Hillsboro 2035 Vision.

Aug. 15 — Jade International Night Market, at the PCC campus in southeast Portland. The Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon and the Jade District will host this event in collaboration with Portland Community College Southeast Campus, at 2305 SE 82nd Ave., Portland, Oregon. PGE is participating in the market on Saturday August 15th, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Jade International Night Market will feature 80 vendors representing the diverse culture of the Jade District, including food, retail and non-profit booths.

A few basic rules for safer summer play

Power poles, power lines and transformers bring electricity to our homes and businesses, but are potential hazards when playing outdoors. Here are some basic rules for playing it safe outdoors:
  • Never climb on or around power poles or power lines! If a kite or balloon gets tangled up in a power line or wrapped around a power pole, children should tell an adult, who should call PGE.
  • Don’t touch a downed power line! If you see a power line that’s fallen to the ground, don’t touch it — don’t even get close. Children should tell an adult, who should call PGE.
  • Electricity and water don’t mix! Keep electrical gadgets away from pools, hoses, sprinklers and other sources of water.
  • Don’t sit, climb or play around electrical transformers! Those green metal boxes on the ground, and those grey metal cans on poles, contain dangerous amounts of electrical energy, so stay away from them.

To report a power outage or an unsafe situation, call PGE in the Portland area at 503-464-7777. In Salem, call 503-399-7717.

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About Portland General Electric Company
Portland General Electric (NYSE: POR) is a fully integrated energy company based in Portland, Oregon, serving approximately 887,000 customers in 51 cities. For more than 130 years, PGE has been delivering safe, affordable and reliable energy to Oregonians. Together with its customers, PGE has the No. 1 voluntary renewable energy program in the U.S. With approximately 3,000 employees across the state, PGE is committed to helping its customers and the communities it serves build a clean energy future. For more information, visit

Source: Portland General Electric Company

For more information contact: Stan Sittser, PGE, 503-464-8271,