DO ask a grown up to put safety covers on outlets if there are little kids in the house.
DO unplug hair dryers, hair straighteners and curling irons when you’re done with them.
DO remind your parents to look up and look out for powerlines if they’re working in the yard with a ladder or trimming trees. They should also call the electricity company before they dig holes to build a deck or a fence.
DON’T stick anything into electrical outlets, into the end of an extension cord, or into electrical stuff that’s plugged in. (your mom is right, never stick a knife into a toaster!)
DON’T plug too many cords into an outlet. Even using adapters to add cords can still cause overloads and fires. Ask your parents to buy a proper power bar.
DON’T use any cords that look cracked, pinched, have loose plugs or look worn out. Never use cords that heat up when they’re plugged in even if they look okay otherwise.
DON'T yank the cord from an outlet -- it can damage your electronic stuff or the outlet or both.
DON’T touch outlets or switches if the cover is missing or broken.
DON’T plug anything into an outlet if there’s water on the floor or counter near it.
DON’T use hair dryers, radios, or any other electrical stuff in or near water – like the sink, tub or shower.
DON’T play near any power lines or electrical equipment like the green boxes you see in lawns or fields.
DON’T get on any roof to play or to get a ball or toy if it lands up there. Powerlines usually attach to a house near the roof. If you touch one, it could kill you.
DON’T fly kites near powerlines, ever.
DON’T climb trees near powerlines – tree branches can hide them. Remember, electricity can go right through the tree branch - and right through you!
DON’T climb hydro poles or the fences around electrical stations – even if your ball goes in there. Get a parent to call the hydro company – they can help get it out.