Electricity makes wonderful things possible. Electricity keeps us warm in winter, cool in summer, cooks our food, heats our water, cleans our clothes and powers our TVs, radios, video games and computers. Electricity is also powerful so we must be careful when using it. Below are some tips on electrical safety:
- Consider every wire to be energized and dangerous.
- Do not approach a car that is touching power lines.
- Never drive over downed power lines.
- Do not touch downed power lines or use any object – even a wooden one – to move them.
- Never touch a person who is in contact with a power line or who has been shocked by one.
- Call 911 for help.
- Never touch broken electrical cords or ones that have wire showing.
- Never stick your finger or any object into light sockets or electrical outlets.
- Do not pull on cords to unplug them. Hold on to the plug instead.
- Do not touch anything electrical while you are wet or standing in water.
- Stay far away from fallen power lines.
- Never fly kites or balloons near power lines – electricity can travel down kite strings or wires.
- Do not climb power poles or trees close to power lines.
- Do not touch or go near electrical equipment.
- Stay away from pad-mounted transformers – those are the metal cabinets on concrete pads that contain electrical equipment.
For additional electrical safety information, visit www.electrical-safety.org.