Create a rainstorm, learn how to stay safe around downed power lines and guess what should go in a home emergency kit.
Use a drama activity to create the sounds of a rainstorm in the classroom. Imagine going outside after the storm and learn how to stay safe around downed power lines. Play a guessing game to teach students what goes in an emergency kit and have them do an activity at home with their family to get prepared for winter storms.
This activity can be done with everyone seated on the floor or at their desks/tables.
Slides 4 to 10 from the “Get prepared! Winter safety” slideshow introduce students to items they need in an emergency kit. If you prefer, you can do the game with real items set up at the front of the class.
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We use electricity all the time for our lights, computers, appliances, heating, hot water, vehicles and more. Electricity is powerful and can be dangerous, so students need to learn to respect it and learn how to stay safe. Downed power lines can cause power outages, and with winter storm season approaching, it’s important for students to know how to stay safe around downed power lines and what to do at home to get prepared for power outages.
A downed line may be on the ground or caught in a tree. Wherever it lands, it can be a danger to yourself and others. Stay at least 10 metres (the length of a yellow school bus) away from the downed line and call 911 as soon as you can. Emergency services dispatch a team immediately to secure the area and will contact BC Hydro right away. For more information, go to https://www.bchydro.com/safety-outages/electrical-safety.html.
Always look up and look down. Be aware of overhead and underground power lines. Overhead wires entering houses and buildings aren’t insulated and therefore can’t protect you from an electric shock. You don’t have to touch a power line to be shocked or electrocuted; if you come within three metres of a power line, the energy can arc (jump) towards you and take a path to the ground through your body. Stay back at least three metres from any power line. If a power line is down, stay back at least 10 metres and call 911.
See BC Hydro’s Outages and Safety for more information on electrical safety and power outages.
Power outages can be caused by power lines falling to the ground. Prepare for a power outage by putting together an emergency kit and developing a plan with your family. Make a list of local emergency contact numbers and purchase or prepare an emergency kit. Never use a portable generator indoors because carbon monoxide gas can build up and lead to death. The list of supplies for the emergency kit presented in the slideshow is a simplified list of key items. See BC Hydro’s Outages and Safety or PreparedBC for more information about hazards, being storm ready, emergency kits and emergency plans.
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