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.