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Introduce three keys to electrical safety through a video quiz.

  • Grades 2-7
  • Quiz
  • 30 mins

Participate as a class

A single screen and laptop is used for watching the video and answering questions together as a class.

Before you begin, make sure:

  • You’re connected to the internet
  • You’re projecting your screen for the class to see

Launch activity

Need help with using quiz activities in the classroom? Check out our Getting started guide.

Getting started guide


A group of students walking to school use the three keys to electrical safety when they come across a downed power line. This interactive activity gives us the information needed to identify potential hazards in our neighbourhood by watching a video that presents electrical safety scenarios and poses questions to discuss as a class.

What you'll need

  • You’ll need internet access, a computer and screen to watch a video


  • Let students know we’ll be watching a video with four electrical safety hazard scenarios, each one ending with a multiple choice question.
  • Watch the video as a class. After each scenario, the video will pause and present you with a question that can be discussed in pairs or as a class.
  • Decide as a whole class which answer or answers are correct – select the answer(s) on the screen and discuss the response.
  • When ready, continue on to the next scene.
  • After watching the video, reflect on what we learned. 
    • Were there any surprises? 
    • What are the 3 keys to electrical safety? 
    • Does anyone remember how far you should stay back from a downed power line?
  • Wrap up the activity by providing a visual representation of the safe distance to stay back from a downed power line (10 metres or about the length of a bus). Use a tape measure to mark out 10 metres and have students practice shuffling with their feet together. 

Additional Information

  • Assess students’ participation in class discussion
  • Assess students’ understanding of the three keys to electrical safety
  • Have students create a graphic novel, comic or poster to demonstrate understanding of what to do if they see a downed power line
  • Educate others about electrical safety:
    • Create an electrical safety display at school
    • Have students take the finished product home to share the message with family members
  • If it's down, it's a danger. Stay back at least 10 metres and dial 911
  • Always assume that downed or damaged power lines are live, even if they're not sparking or making  any sound


A downed line may be on the ground or caught in a tree. Wherever it's landed, it can be a danger to yourself and others.


To be safe, shuffle (don't walk or hop) 10 metres away from a downed wire. Keep others in the vicinity at least a bus-length away.


If you see a downed line, call 911 as soon as you can. Why 911? Emergency services can dispatch a team immediately to secure and keep your area safe, and will contact us right away.

Get more information about power outages, electrical safety, and trees & power lines at

Why do you need to shuffle?

When live power lines touch the ground, electricity flows into the ground and spreads in irregular circles (much like ripples in a pond after a stone is cast). As you get further away from the source, the electrical voltage (potential) weakens (10 metres being a safe distance). Electricity always flows from high potential to lower potential (much like a car in neutral gear rolling down a hill) and the reason why we shuffle is to ensure that your body is on the same voltage level. Humans are very good conductors of electricity; but, if we remain on the same voltage, then the electricity has no motivation to travel through your body (much like a car in neutral gear on a flat street). That’s why birds don’t get electrocuted while perched on power lines: their two feet are at the same electrical potential/voltage.

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