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Stay Away


In addition to overhead power lines, there are a few more outdoor electrical safety hazards kids should avoid: fallen power lines, pad-mount- ed transformers and substations. OEC teaches kids about the dangers of downed power lines using a model section of power line with electricity running through it. During the demonstration, part of the line collapses and falls onto a car. Tedder- Loffl and shows the students what they should do in this scenario. The students learn the safest place to be is inside the car. They should call for help and wait in the car. But, if it is on fi re, if the car is on a train track, or there is another reason to leave the car, they learn and practice the safest way to exit the vehicle. “Jump out of the car with your feet together. Don’t touch the car and the ground at the same time,” Tedder-Loffl and says. “Then shuffl e away from the car. Don’t pick your feet up until you are at least 10 feet away from the car.” Children—and adults—should always assume wires have electricity running through them. If a child sees a fallen line, they should ask an adult to call their electric cooperative. Stay away from the line and do not touch it or anything the power line is touching. OAEC’s Guffey says children should not play near the green pad-mounted transformers, often found in backyards, because they are connected to high voltage lines under the ground. Finally, kids should stay away from substations and other electrical equipment, such as pow- er poles and transmission towers. If a child’s toy enters a substation, do not attempt to retrieve it. Call your co-op. So tonight, after you fl ip off the lights, while you are lying in bed,


challenge yourself to remember the four guidelines for staying safe around electricity: electricity and water don’t mix, keep outlets safe, look up, and stay away. If you abide by these simple principles, you will enjoy the benefi ts of electricity while staying safe!


Touchstone Energy’s Kids “Super Energy Saver” program, featuring CFL Charlie, is designed to teach children grades K-5 about energy, electrical safety and energy savings. Charlie’s “Lights Out” game is fun for the whole family!


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