Dangers of Geocaching in and around Electrical Equipment
I’ve been geocaching for about a year now. I have found many creative types of geocaches. This is what makes it fun and challenging. Lately I’ve been concerned about the amount of geocaches that are hidden in and around electrical equipment.
I am a Safety Coordinator for a Power Utility here in Alberta. It is my job to look out for the men and women who work on our electrical lines and equipment. It’s also my job to look out for the general public. One of my job tasks that I really enjoy is teaching kids at schools electrical safety smarts. I’ll go to elementary schools throughout the year to present a safety cartoon and explain in detail the indoor and outdoor electrical hazards that exist. I explain real life examples of people getting hurt really bad and death due to electricity. I show them what dangerous wires, boxes and other equipment looks like. I teach them to stay away from all electrical lines and equipment and not to play on guard rails that sometimes protect the high voltage electrical equipment.
Location: Big Guys N49 49.649 W097 06.356
Start/Finish: 8:05 pm – 9:10 pm
Committee Present: Steven (ertyu), Brian (grnbrg), Tobey (3Ts&aG), Roger (The-Stuntman), Peter (Peter and Gloria), Scott (Lizardo), Jen (ava_ad0re), Dani (dani_carriere)
Committee Absent: Daniel (Master Instigator), Teal (pink_panther)
Members Present: Etamin, Old Billygoat, Ztirnats, The Bluenosers.
- How did you find out about Geocaching?
In 2002 there was a discussion thread on an internal electronic bulletin board about geocaching at Papa Dragonfreys work (Parks Canada), which talked about whether geocaching was something that should be promoted or restricted from national parks. Later in 2003 I set up an account (Georectifed) to see if there were any geocaches in the park or surrounding area. At that point caches were fairly few and far between in Manitoba, and I remained a lurker. Then in 2005 there seemed to be a lot more activity afoot and on a whim I convinced my family to check out a cache nearby. Mama Dragonfrey took to it like a frog to a swamp, and our little guy enjoyed the adventure and treasures: a geocaching team was born.
Turdle-femme & TurdleEggs
- When did you start Geocaching?
- What was it about geocaching that got you hooked into the game?
Power Up was my first on April 8, 2005. CarBellSeekers had just read about GeoCaching in an Air Canada EnRoute magazine and told me about it. One of my coworkers had a GPS with him, so I entered the coordinates into GC.com and much to my surprise there was a cache about 200 m from where I work. I went out at coffee break and found the cache was hidden in a wind generator that used to be by my family’s cottage.
First and foremost it got me out, took me to beautiful places and showed me sights that I might not have seen otherwise. Combine that with GPS navigation and internet research and it’s even more fun. It also makes me feel mischievous knowing all those hidden treasures are out there and the non-GeoCaching public have no idea they’re right under their feet! Soon I discovered I loved everything about GeoCaching. I really enjoy the very clever location specific hides and all of the great puzzles and riddles that make me stretch my brain. I admit I get a little adrenalin rush when a new cache comes out and I like trying for FTFs. Mostly though it’s about the people. I’ve never met a more agreeable group that I seem to have so much in common with. Manitoba GeoCachers are up for anything – and on a moments notice! I also really like how geocaching is philanthropic – hiders are investing their time and money so someone they may not even know will have the enjoyment of finding their cache. How cool is that!