Summer is a great time for children to be outside exploring and playing. It’s also a good time to teach them about outdoor electrical safety.
If you are planning an activity that involves airborne toys like kites, teach children to look for an open area away from overhead power lines. Kites, metallic balloons and remote-controlled toy airplanes can conduct electricity which makes them especially dangerous if they come into contact with an overhead power line.
Children like to climb and explore so make sure they know that electrical substations are dangerous places. The fences surrounding them are to keep people away from the high voltage equipment inside. Help children understand the importance of obeying “Danger - Keep Out” signs. If a ball or other object lands inside a substation, call Manitoba Hydro to retrieve it; never try to do it yourself.
Teach children not to climb utility poles or trees that are close to overhead power lines because even indirect contact with a live power line through a tree or pole can be deadly. Only specially-trained and equipped Manitoba Hydro employees can safely climb hydro poles. If an animal needs rescuing from a tree or utility pole, children should let an adult know so they can contact the utility company for assistance.
Padmount transformers are low, metal storage cabinets on cement slabs. They are locked to protect the public from the dangerous, high voltage equipment inside. If a padmount transformer is open, or if the lock is broken or missing, please report it to Manitoba Hydro immediately.
And what’s summer without water? Electricity and water are always a dangerous combination, so whether you’re by a pool, a lake, or even in the bathroom, never touch electrical items if you’re wet or standing in a puddle. Play it safe and keep electricity and water far apart.
Teaching children to watch for electrical dangers outdoors will help keep them safe. For more safety tips visit hydro.mb.ca