Staying Safe Around Electricity
At NextEra Energy, we understand that the main service we provide – electricity – can pose a danger if not properly used. Therefore, we provide information to the public regarding the safe use of electricity and how to work safely near power lines.
To educate the public, FPL launched a safety program more than 10 years ago to alert businesses and their employees about the dangers of working near power lines. The program features six key safety rules and includes U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations listing minimum safe approach distances from power lines for workers and equipment. Safety 6 is part of FPL's numerous safety initiatives under its ZERO Today! program. For more information, please visit www.fpl.com/safety.
At NextEra Energy, we're proud of our decades-long record of safe nuclear operations. Our nuclear team is committed to excellence and to producing nuclear energy in a safe, reliable and cost effective way. Our strategy to ensure safety and reliability is founded on:
- Robust plant design and construction;
- Highly experienced, well trained personnel;
- Stringent plant security; and
- Comprehensive safety planning.
In addition to those existing initiatives, to address the 2011 earthquake and tsunami events in Japan and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's response initiatives, we have revalidated the safety of our nuclear plants, as well as devoted significant time and focused attention to make our facilities even safer. To this end, we have:
- Dedicated thousands of hours to revalidating safety systems, procedures, and emergency training programs;
- Reconfirmed the health of emergency equipment;
- Ensured the availability of emergency power;
- Strengthened our facilities to withstand extreme natural events, such as earthquakes, flooding and fires;
- Enhanced core and spent fuel cooling capability;
- Invested more than $3 million to add additional layers of safety, for example additional electrical generators and high-capacity pumps that run on diesel fuel (already stored safely on site) to provide additional backup power and cooling water;
- Enhanced communication capabilities;
- Updated operator training programs; and
- Continued to maintain our full-time event response team.