Compare the differences between summer and winter weather with your classroom. Use a slideshow to teach students about electricity, getting prepared for power outages and staying safe around downed power lines. Play a matching game to review what they learned and a take home activity to share with their families.
We use electricity all the time for our lights, computers, stoves, heating, hot water, vehicles and more. Electricity is powerful and can be dangerous in some situations, so students need to learn to respect it and identify unsafe situations. Downed power lines can cause power outages, and during storm season, it’s important for students to know how to stay safe around downed power lines and how 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 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.
See PreparedBC for more information about hazards, being storm ready, emergency kits and emergency plans.
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