As school begins to let out, families are starting to enjoy some outdoor time with their young children. Backyards, local parks and pools are great places to spend your summer days, but to ensure a happy and safe summer parents should be aware of a few of these electric safety tips!
- Be aware of power lines around you and always assume that wires are :live and dangerous." Never touch an outdoor wire with any part of your body, toys, or other objects.
- Do not throw items such as gym shoes onto electric lines and equipment or try to retrieve items from around aerial power lines.
- Fly kites and model airplanes and other toys in large open areas such as a field or park - safely away from trees and overhead power lines. Also, do not attempt to retrieve balloons, kites, or other objects that may get stuck on power lines.
- Do not climb trees near power lines. Even if power lines are not touching the tree, they could touch during climbing when more weight is added to the branch.
- Never climb a utility pole, or play on or around electrical equipment.
- Never post or tie signs, hang banners or tie ribbons or balloons onto utility poles or other electrical equipment. This can be dangerous to you, and endanger utility workers if they need to potentially fix an area.
- Do not go into an electric substation for any reason - even on a dare. Electric substations contain high-voltage equipment, which can kill you. Also, never attempt to rescue a pet that goes inside. Instead, call your local utility company, and the police if necessary.
- Never try to rescue a family member, friend, or pet that has come in contact with any electrical equipment - call 911 immediately.
- Keep electrical toys, appliances and tools at least 10 feet away from pools and wet surfaces. (Also, turns them off when they are not in use.)
- Never touch any electrical toys, appliances or tools while you are wet or standing in
water. Energy flows easily through water, like a puddle or a pool.
Credit: http://www.ehstoday.com/news/ehs_imp_37065 ; Sandy Smith