Temperatures are on the rise, and it’s a great time for kids to get outside and put playground equipment to use. It’s easy for the electrical equipment that we see every day to fade into the background.
Take time to explain to your kids how to be safe around electricity before they head outdoors.
Share these tips with kids about how to stay safe around outdoor electrical equipment.
- Never enter an electrical substation for any reason. Even if a pet has entered inside or a ball goes over the fence, do not go in! Call the REMC for help. Substations should only be entered by professionals.
- Kites should only be flown during good weather conditions and in large, open areas. Always look up and check for the location of overhead power lines and other electrical equipment, so that you can be sure to fly kites far away from them. A kite string can conduct electricity from an overhead line directly to the person on the ground.
- Before climbing a tree, check that the tree and its branches are not located near any overhead power lines. Climbing a tree in contact with a power line can energize the tree with electricity and lead to electric shock or death.
- Never throw objects at power lines. If something accidentally becomes caught on the lines, contact Harrison REMC.
- If you ever see downed electrical wires, stay far away. Call 911 to have the utility notified. Downed lines do not have to be arcing or sparking to be carrying electricity and be dangerous.
- Do not play with, tamper with, or open outdoor electrical boxes. They contain electrical equipment for underground service to homes and businesses.
- Check the forecast before going outside. Do not plan outdoor activities if a thunderstorm is expected because there is no safe place from lightning when you are outside.
- Keep all long-handled tools out of reach of children so they will not be tempted to reach for or accidentally hit an overhead power line.
- Pay attention to trees and power lines. Do not plant trees near them, and if there is a tree that has grown into a power line, make sure to call a professional to trim the tree.
- Make sure all outdoor outlets are equipped with ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) to help prevent electric shock.