MAYHEW — East Mississippi Community College’s Electrical Technology and Automation and Control departments will host a Community Day for the general public in which attendees will be taught basic residential wiring tips, such as how to safely replace electrical outlets or light switches.
The free event for residents age 18 and older will take place Tuesday, Sept. 12, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in room 103 of the Douglas Building at the Golden Triangle campus.
This will be the second year for the event. Electrical Technology instructor Bobby Johnson said residents from Columbus, Starkville and West Point attended last year.
“One lady told me her outlets were really old and it was hard for her to plug in her appliances,” Johnson said. “After attending last year she was able to go through and replace all of the outlets herself.”
Electrical Technology and Automation and Control students, under the supervision of program instructors, will offer advice on best practices for basic electrical repairs around the home. Attendees will also be allowed to perform basic electrical repairs during the event. Tools will be provided for the training exercises.
“Safety is our main concern,” Johnson said. “Not only will we teach them how to change an electrical outlet, we will show them how to test it and make sure the system doesn’t have voltage to it.”
Johnson said he decided to conduct Community Day last year after getting frequent requests from people wanting to know how to make minor electrical repairs.
“It was really popular,” Johnson said of the event. “We had both men and women who attended. I still hear from many of them and they say they are still excited about being able to take what they learned and fix things around their homes without having to call someone in to do the work.”
Walk-ins are welcome but those who plan to attend are asked to send Johnson an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to let him know or call and leave him a message at (662) 243-1916.