The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) recently awarded the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) its highest honor, the Summit Award, at its annual convention in Denver. NECA won for its public awareness campaign, “Born for Safety,” which also won a Gold Circle Award from ASAE in May 2002.

The Summit Award is given annually to honor outstanding associations and suppliers that take action to improve the quality of American society through their exemplary volunteer activities. The program recognizes the best of association leadership in confronting critical education, safety, human needs and other challenges facing our country.

“Our goal was to give something back. The Born for Safety program achieved that, touching the lives of hundreds of thousands of families across the country and we are proud to receive this honor from ASAE,” said NECA Senior Vice President and COO Dan Walter during the award ceremony in Denver.

Born for Safety was a massive public service project, conceived of as a way to commemorate NECA's 100th anniversary in 2001. The program, designed to remind parents that the power of electricity should never be taken for granted, received the blessing and support of then Chairman Ann Brown of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

During the month of May, National Electrical Safety Month, NECA chapters distributed nearly four million electrical outlet safety caps to hospitals around the country. The caps were packaged in child safety kits, which contained a dozen safety caps along with general electrical safety and home protection tips, and were given to families of newborn babies.