Keep Your Kids Safe From Electrical Hazards This Summer

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Take them to a wide open space free of electrical lines to fly kites, balloons and toy aircraft.
  5. Make sure kids know to respect utility electrical equipment and never touch or climb poles, towers or metal transformer boxes.
  6. Teach them to avoid wide open spaces, pools, splash pads and trees during a lightning storm.
  7. 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.