Staying back from a fallen line could save your life. Damaged and fallen power lines are dangerous, so it's important to remind students to stay back and call 911 when they see a downed line.
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.
Assess student participation in the outdoor activity and the classroom discussions.
Create a rainstorm, learn how to stay safe around downed power lines and guess what should go in a home emergency kit.
Create a web to show the direct effects of an action.
Sparky the dog is lost. Can you help find him while remembering to stay safe around electrical hazards?
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