Electricity ~ Tips for Staying Safe
PECO, An Exelon Company, Sponsor of "Benjamin Franklin: Glimpses of the Man,"
offers these tips for staying safe around electricity.
Benjamin Franklin studied electricity, and is quite famous
even today for his kite and key experiment with lightning.
We must always remember that Ben could have been seriously
injured during that experiment. It is never a good idea to
be careless with something as powerful as electrical energy!
Electricity has the power to light lamps that help us see at
night and fuel heaters that keep us warm in winter, but it
is important not to get in electricity's way because it can
harm you. Here are a few safety tips to remember:
- Never play with electrical cords, wires, switches, or
- Stay away from fallen power lines. Tell an adult if you
see a fallen line.
- Never use a hairdryer or play an electrical radio or
television near a bathtub or sink.
- Before you climb a tree, look up. If a power line is
nearby or touching, stay away from the tree.
- Never touch anything that runs on electricity when your
hands are wet.
- Fly kites and model airplanes in a wide open field or
parknever near overhead electrical wires.
- Never climb utility poles or electrical towers.
- Stay away from substations and transformers (green
at 1.800.841.4141 if you have a gas
or electrical emergency.