Electricity is a safe and reliable form of energy, but it must be respected and used correctly. With summertime bringing people outside to play and work, keep the following in mind:
- Never climb on or play near anything that says “High Voltage.”
- Never go near a power line that has fallen down. Call 911 as soon as possible.
- If someone has been injured by a power line, do not go near him or her. Call for help first. Remember: people can conduct electricity and that can hurt you.
- If a power line falls on a fence, don’t touch the fence. Do call your electric cooperative as soon as possible.
- Fly your kite far away from power lines. Kite string can conduct electricity.
- Make sure you don’t have trees growing under power lines. They can conduct electricity.
- Lightning is electricity. Don’t play outside during an electrical storm.
- Never touch an appliance when you are wet. Don’t submerge an electrical appliance in water.