As the carefree days of summer fill our lives, make it a priority to talk to your children about playing safe outside and staying away from electrical safety hazards. Here are seven tips from a specialist on this caution, Hydro One:
- Make sure kids understand that they need to obey warning signs and keep away from outdoor areas marked “Danger” or “Danger High Voltage”. No one should ever attempt to enter a station.
- Remind them that before they climb a tree, it is a must to look up to make sure there are no hydro wires running through or beside it.
- Point out overhead power lines and wires so that the kids know where they are and stay clear of them. Never try to touch any overhead lines with a pole or stick since electricity could travel down that object and cause a shock, which could result in a serious injury or death.
- Take them to a wide open space free of electrical lines to fly kites, balloons and toy aircraft.
- Make sure kids know to respect utility electrical equipment and never touch or climb poles, towers or metal transformer boxes.
- Teach them to avoid wide open spaces, pools, splash pads and trees during a lightning storm.
- And remember to always call 911 in case of an emergency. Don’t touch someone in the state of an electrical shock until the electricity has been turned off.