Top 10 Rules for Electric Safety

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Top 10 Rules for Electric Safety

To play it safe around your home, just remember the rules for using electricity the right way.

1. DON’T plug a bunch of stuff into one outlet or extension cord.

  • It could damage the electrical system in your house or even cause a fire.

2. Make sure all electric cords are tucked away, neat and tidy.

  • Pets might chew on electrical cords, and people might trip and fall.

3. DON’T ever climb the fence around an electrical substation.

  • If a ball or pet gets inside the fence, ask a grown-up to call the electric company – they’ll come and get it out for you.

4. DON’T yank an electrical cord from the wall.

  • Pulling on a cord can damage the appliance, the plug or the outlet.

5. Fly your kite far away from power lines or substations.

  • The kite and the string may conduct electricity – sending it right through you to the ground.

6. Ask a grown-up for help when you need to use something that uses electricity.

7. DO look up and look out for power lines before you climb a tree.

  • The electricity can go right through the tree branch – and right through you!

8. Have a grown-up put safety caps on all unused electrical outlets.

  • Covering outlets will also help save energy by stopping cold drafts.

9. Remind your mom or dad to watch out for power lines when they’re using a ladder, chainsaw or other outdoor equipment.

10. Keep electrical stuff far away from water.

  • Most electrical accidents around the house happen when people use electricity near water.

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