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Electrical Safety ABC

  • Do not Touch an Unknown Cable
  • Keep Away from Places with Electrical Danger Signs

If we use electricity the right way, it can do a lot of good and make our lives easier. For example, electricity makes the lamps, televisions, cookers and fridges in our homes work. But if you handle electricity the wrong way, it becomes very dangerous.

Keep in mind

  • Do not Touch an Unknown or Broken Cable!
  • Keep Away from Places with Electrical Danger Signs!
  • Do not play under power lines!
  • If you notice a loose wire on the ground or an open substation door, tell adults or call 1343!
  • If you notice that there is a wire that has fallen on the ground or a substation door that is open, tell your parents about it or call our outage information line 1343. Your information can prevent accidents and save people!
  • If there has been an accident and someone has had an electric shock, call adults for help or call the 112 emergency number.
  • Do not go close to the place where the accident happened, because you can get an electric shock through the ground. Helping someone in such a situation is very dangerous and only adults can do it safely.
  • Do not touch the person who got hurt by an electric shock with your bare hands and do not risk your life saving them!

Do not Touch an Unknown or Broken Cable!

There are many lamps and other things in your home that use electricity. They get electricity from wires that connect them to sockets.

  • Remember that if you want to unplug them, you must pull the plug from the socket and you must not pull at the wire, because the wire can break and cause a short circuit. Loose or broken wires are extremely dangerous! If you see sparks coming from electrical things or wires, tell an adult at once. Broken electrical things and wires can give a person a very strong electric shock and can electrocute people. Broken wires can also start a fire.
  • Water conducts electricity like a wire, so touching electrical things if your hands are wet is very dangerous. Never use electrical things in the bathtub or in the shower! If you see that a wire is burning or smoke is coming out of it, do not use water to put it out. Electricity moves through water and you can get an electric shock.
  • Electricity can also become dangerous outside, for example, because of a storm or strong wind. Trees broken by a storm can fall on power lines, and the wires can fall onto the ground. Power cables can be live and extremely dangerous to touch, even fatal. So if you see a wire from a power line on the ground, keep as far away from it as you can and do not touch it under any circumstances. Keeping away from any wires is the safest move.

Keep Away from Places with Electrical Danger Signs!

  • There must be a power network substation near your home. On the substation you can see a yellow sign of electrical danger, which means that you must not go in or near the substation. It is very dangerous. Only electricians who have been specially trained to work with electricity can go into a substation. A substation is an electrical central point where there are many wires and cables, and it is very dangerous for children. Sadly, serious accidents have happened to children who went into substation buildings or areas when they were too busy playing to notice the signs or didn't know where they were going.
  • You should also keep away from other places marked with those yellow signs, like junction boxes, masts and power lines. Do not play under power lines because the ball that you are kicking around can fly into the power lines and damage them, or there may be wires on the ground that were broken or brought down by a storm. They are very, very dangerous! It is better to stay away from power lines altogether and not come close to telephone or power lines during a thunderstorm.
  • For Parents

    It is important that you teach your children in good time how to identify electricity dangers and avoid accidents.

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