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How to keep kids safe from electrical hazards

As warmer days draw families outside, make it a priority to talk to your children about playing safe and staying away from electrical safety hazards.

Here are some safety tips from 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, they 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 can travel down the object and cause a shock that may result in 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. During a lightning storm, teach them to get inside a building or car and to avoid wide open spaces, pools, splash pads and trees.
  7. Ensure your kids keep electrical cords and appliances away from water.
  8. Keep emergency numbers on hand and remind children to always call 911 in case of an emergency. Don’t touch someone in a state of electrical shock until the electricity has been turned off.