Staying safe

Do you know there is lots of electricity equipment in your neighbourhood? 

Pylons

Electricity is made at power stations and travels along overhead lines and pylons.

Although some people may think that pylons look like climbing frames they are extremely dangerous to climb.

There are yellow and black ‘Danger of Death’ signs to warn people that they could die by climbing them.
 

Substations

Overhead lines bring electricity to substations.

A substation may be protected by fences or within a building.  To help you recognise a substation there will be yellow and black ‘Danger of Death’ signs at the entrance and around it.

You should NEVER go into a substation. If you lose a football or toys at a substation you should NEVER try and get them but ask an adult to call our telephone number that will be found at the entrance of a substation and we will get it for you.

Overhead lines

From a substation, electricity then travels along overhead line.

All poles will carry electricity that is dangerous and will have ‘ Danger of Death’ signs on them.

If you are flying a kite, model aeroplanes or fishing, it is very important to make sure that you look up and look out for overhead lines.

A fishing rod or kite can conduct electricity and they do not have to touch the line for you to be electrocuted as electricity jumps gaps.

If your kite or model aircraft is blown towards an electricity line you must:

  1. Let go immediately
  2. Never touch the string to pull the kite free, electricity can travel down the string and you could get electrocuted
  3. Keep yourself and others well away
  4. Get an adult to call us on 03457 643 643 for help and we can safely remove it.  If you leave it and say nothing someone else could get hurt or even killed.

Mini pillars

The last stage in the journey of electricity is from a mini-pillar to your home or school.  A mini-pillar is a grey metal box with a yellow and black ‘ Danger of Death’ sign on the front of it.

You should never try to open this box as you could be electrocuted which could kill you.

Play the electric quiz to see how clever you are when it comes to electricity.

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