Teach children outdoor electrical safety
Sunny, warm days and summer activities lead children outdoors. But before your children head outdoors to play, Burke-Divide Electric Cooperative recommends families review electrical safety rules with their children.
Burke-Divide Electric Cooperative recommends sharing this basic information with children:
- Point out overhead power lines and electrical equipment to your children, and emphasize that they should never climb on or play near them.
- Fly kites, drones and other toys in large open areas like a park or a field. Stay far away from power lines. If a kite gets stuck in a tree that’s near power lines, don’t climb up to get it. Contact your electric cooperative for assistance.
- Never climb a utility pole or tower. The electricity carried through this equipment is extremely high voltage and 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. Call your electric cooperative instead.
- Let your child know that water and electricity are a dangerous combination and should never be used near each other.
- Never climb trees near power lines. Even if the power lines aren’t touching the tree, they could touch when more weight is added to the branch.