Did you know that electricity can travel through your body? Electricity always wants to touch the ground. If you touch a powerline, or hold an object that touches a powerline, you could be electrocuted.
Check out our recreation tips for more safety information.
We also offer various programs and materials to help teachers successfully teach their students about electricity through our School Safety Program. Have your teacher book a safety presentation.
Thinking About Safety
Think about how the following things could cause electrical accidents. If you think of a danger that we haven't mentioned, or have questions about electrical dangers, please e-mail us.
Fly your kite far away from powerlines.
Shoot your watergun far away from powerlines. If the water hits the powerline, electricity could travel down through the water.
Climb trees that are far away from powerlines.
If you see a storm approaching, stay away from trees and water. If you can, go inside a house or other type of shelter. If it's too late to get inside, drop to your knees and bend forward. Put your hands on your knees. Don't lie flat on the ground.
When you see a sign warning you of electrical dangers, please obey it. Electrical equipment such as towers and metal-looking cabinets contain extremely high amounts of electricity. Under certain conditions, you could get an electrical shock by touching this equipment.
If your ball goes over the fence and into an electrical equipment area, we'll come and get it for you. Just phone us at (403) 514-6100 (24-hour trouble line).
Never touch a powerline that has fallen from its pole. If you see a fallen powerline, please tell an adult immediately and ask them to phone for emergency help. You could save somebody's life!
If something gets stuck in a powerline, never use a long pole to try to knock it out.