Activity Type Video
BC Hydro

Overview

Staying back from a fallen line could save your life. Fallen power lines are dangerous, but knowing what to do is as easy as learning “Down. Danger. Dial.

Materials

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Instructions

Start with what you know

  1. What are some of the ways students know how to stay safe?
    • What’s the safe thing to do before crossing the road?
    • What should you do if you need something from a high shelf at home?
    • What’s the safe thing to do if you see something cooking on the stove?
  2. What about electricity - what are some of the ways they know about staying safe near electricity?
    • Don’t stick fingers or objects in an outlet.
    • Keep metal objects out of toasters.
    • Never use anything with a cord or plug around water.

Watch the video

  1. Ask if students have seen power lines and what they look like.
  2. Show students the 30 second video.
  3. Discuss what happens in the video.
    • It’s a stormy day and leaves are blowing everywhere.
    • Some people are pointing at something in the street – what is it?
    • An electrical power line (a wire carrying electricity) has fallen and is laying in the road.
    • The video tells us to stay back the length of a school bus (10 metres) and dial 911. We should always ask an adult to call 911.
  4. Show students the video again to remind them of the story and steps to take.
    • If a power line is down, it is dangerous. Ask an adult to dial 911. 
    • Stay back 10 metres.

Practice staying back 10 metres

  1. Show everyone what 10 metres looks like.
    • If there’s a school bus on site, that’s about 10 metres in length, or
    • Measure 10 metres with giant strides or a metre stick.
  2. Act out the scenario from the video. Use down, danger, dial” as a reminder of what to do, and that you always ask an adult to dial 911.
  3. Practice staying a safe distance away by laying a rope or other object down on the ground and creating a circle 10 metres away from the object. Students can move around, as long as they stay outside the circle.


Additional Information

Assess student participation in the outdoor activity and the classroom discussions. 

  • Have students make Down. Danger. Dial. posters that can be displayed outside the classroom and/or taken home to spread the message.
  • Work with students to prepare a role-play scenario that they could present to other classes in an assembly or at home.
  • Connect ideas from the video in this activity to the "Be safe around electricity" activity.
  • A downed power line is an electrical wire that has fallen to the ground due to a storm or some kind of accident. Above ground power lines are held in the air by power poles for our safety. If they come down for some reason, there is danger of electrocution to anyone standing within 10 metres of the downed power line. A large school bus is about 10 metres in length so this is a good way to visualize the length.

The rules for staying safe around a downed power line are very easy to remember: 

Down. Danger. Dial. If you come across a downed power line, it is dangerous even without touching it because the electricity can travel across the pavement (the ground can conduct electricity). To stay safe, stay back at least 10 metres, and dial 911 to report the emergency.

Grades 2 and 3 Physical and Health Education - Content

  • Strategies and skills to use in potentially hazardous situations

Grades 2 and 3 Physical and Health Education - Curricular competencies

Social and community health
  • Identify and describe avoidance or assertiveness strategies to use in unsafe and/or uncomfortable situations

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