Electricity is a powerful form of energy. While it makes living and working around the home easy, safe and fun, it can also be dangerous if used carelessly. That’s why it’s important to know the rules of electric safety.
- Do not poke things into electrical outlets. The only thing that’s supposed to go there is an electric plug with an undamaged cord. The same goes with toasters or any other appliances: don’t poke anything into them – even if they are off.
- Electricity and water do not mix. When you’re wet, don’t touch or use electrical appliances. Keep all radios, hairdryers and other appliances away from the sink and bathtub. Never use water on an electrical fire.
- Keep a ready-to-use multipurpose fire extinguisher and a first-aid kit in your home at all times.
- Do not climb trees that have power lines pass through or near them. Even tree branches can conduct electricity.
- Fly kites and balloons only in open fields – not around power lines. Electricity can travel down kite strings or wires.
- Never climb transmission towers or touch, climb or play on any electrical equipment you see in your neighborhood. The electricity carried through this equipment is extremely high voltage. Getting an electric shock can kill you. If toys get caught in electrical equipment, leave them and find an adult to help. An adult should call their local utility to have the item retrieved.
- Downed power lines are big trouble. Always assume that any power line is fully charged. Stay well away and call your local utility.