Grade 4-7 Electrical safety | BCHydro Power Smart for Schools

Electrical safety

Develop electrical safety announcements, role play what to do in case of downed power lines and spot safety hazards in a variety of real-world scenarios.

  • Grades 4-7
  • 3 activities
  • 2.2 hours
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Big idea

Grade 4 & 5

Personal choices and social and environmental factors influence our health and well-being. 

Grade 6 & 7

Healthy choices influence our physical, emotional and mental well-being.

Learning objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Access existing knowledge about electrical safety
  • Identify electrical safety hazards
  • Explain how to stay safe around electricity
  • Demonstrate what to do near a downed power line


BC curriculum fit

Physical and Health Education 4, 5, 6, 7


  • Basic principles for responding to emergencies (Grade 6, 7)

Curricular Competencies

Social and community health
  • Identify and describe strategies for avoiding and/or responding the potentially unsafe, abusive or exploitive situations
  • Describe and apply strategies that promote a safe and caring environment (Grade 4, 5)

Science 4, 5, 6, 7

Curricular competencies

Applying and innovating
  • Transfer and apply learning to new situations
  • Generate and introduce new or refined ideas when problem solving
  • Communicate ideas, explanations and processes in a variety of ways

Background info

In the Physical and Health Education curriculum, students are expected to learn how to make healthy choices that influence their well-being. This includes identifying and describing strategies for avoiding or responding to unsafe situations at home, at school or in the community; accurately identifying signs and symbols and potential hazards; and describing possible consequences of unsafe behaviours.

"Electrical safety announcements"  provides basic safety rules to follow. Students create short Public Service Announcements to show what they’ve learned about electrical safety.

The "Downed power line demo" gets students practicing safe distances to keep away from a downed power line.

In "Think ahead… Electrical safety", students learn to recognize potentially hazardous situations, then decide how to act safely.


In these activities, observation of individual and group work identifies students’ ability to:

  • Identify electrical safety hazards and strategies for staying safe
  • Explain what to do near a downed power line
  • Apply their learning to everyday situations
  • Work in small groups

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