6 electricity-related deaths in Missouri since 2010

Thursday, July 12, 2012 | 11:26 a.m. CDT; updated 12:58 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 12, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri utility regulators say there have been 30 electricity-related incidents in the state since 2010, resulting in a half-dozen deaths.

The Public Service Commission published recent electricity incidents involving regulated utilities after three people were killed during the past week while swimming at the Lake of the Ozarks. State regulators require regulated power companies to report electricity incidents.

Commission Chairman Kevin Gunn says it is important for people to understand the danger that electricity can pose. Regulators say people should assume overhead power lines are energized at lethal voltages and they should be cautious when using aluminum ladders and tall equipment around wires.

Boat docks and swimming pools should also be protected with a ground fault circuit interrupter, and professional electricians should install electrical systems near docks.

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