Back to School Electrical Safety Rules for Kids

September 06, 2017

Students

It’s back to school time, which means the return of plugging in to nightly homework, early morning routines and fall outdoor activities. Rocky Mountain Power is reminding parents and teachers that it’s also a good time to review electrical safety both in the classroom and at home.

“Because electricity is so commonplace in our lives, we want to encourage adults to frequently reinforce safety messages to kids,” said Tom Davis, Rocky Mountain Power safety director.  

  • DON’T plug a bunch of stuff into one outlet or extension cord. It could damage the electrical system in your house or even cause a fire.
  • DO make sure all electric cords are tucked away, neat and tidy. Pets might chew on electrical cords, and people might trip and fall.
  • DON’T use appliances or electronics near water like bathtubs, sink
  • DON’T ever climb the fence around an electrical substation. If a ball or pet gets inside the fence, ask a grown-up to call Rocky Mountain Power. Expert workers will come and get it out for you.
  • DON’T yank an electrical cord from the wall. Pulling on a cord can damage the appliance, the plug or the outlet.
  • DO look for a place far away from power lines or substations to fly your kite. The kite and the string may conduct electricity – sending it right through you to the ground.
  • DO ask a grown-up for help when you need to use something that uses electricity.
  • DO look up and look out for power lines before you climb a tree. The electricity can go right through the tree branch – and right through you!
  • DO have a grown-up put safety caps on all unused electrical outlets. Covering outlets will also help stop cold drafts in winter.

For more information, review Rocky Mountain Power's safety and preparedness infographic or call customer service toll free at 1-888-220-7070.

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