SCPPD & Safe Electricity recommend sharing these outdoor safety tips with children of all ages:
- Do not touch or go near a sagging or downed power line.
- Never climb trees near power lines.
- Fly kites, model airplanes, remote-control flying toys and drones in large, open areas, such as parks or fields, far away from power lines. If any of these items (or any item or object) gets caught in a power line, never try to retrieve it.
- Never fly kites or other toys when a thunderstorm may be approaching.
- Never climb a utility pole or tower. The electricity carried through this equipment could kill you.
- Never go into an electric substation for any reason. Electric substations contain high-voltage equipment, which can kill you. Never rescue a pet or retrieve a ball or toy that goes inside the fenced area surrounding a substation.
- Always stay away from outdoor electrical equipment marked “keep out,” “high voltage” or “danger.”
- Do not play, sit or climb on a padmount transformer, a.k.a. green box.
Additionally, share the following indoor safety tips with children:
- Do not play with electrical cords or plugs.
- Younger children should ask an adult before plugging in or unplugging something. In addition, never pull or tug on cords. Instead, gently pull the plug out of the wall by grasping the plug (and not the cord).
- Do not touch or use cords that appear damaged.
- Keep cords away from heat and water.
- Never stick fingers, tongues, toys or other body parts or objects into electrical outlets or light sockets.
- Never sleep with phones, tablets or other electronics in the bed or under a pillow. The electronic device can overheat or experience a short in the charging cable, causing bedding to catch on fire, burns to the skin or electric shock.
- Never play with electronic toys or gadgets in the bathtub or other water.
Never touch appliances, switches, outlets, sockets