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General Electric Safety

Using Electricity Safely
Every day we depend upon electricity to keep our lives running. Electricity powers our homes, offices and businesses. Electricity is an important part of our lives, but it can be dangerous, too. When used properly, electricity is a safe and convenient form of energy; but when used improperly, electricity can cause fires, shocks, injuries, and even death.

Properties of Electricity

  • Electricity is a traveler. It is always looking for a path to the ground.
  • You and water are two of electricity's favorite things to travel through. DANGER!
  • Things that help electricity travel from one place to another are called conductors. Your body, water and metals are good conductors.
  • If your basement becomes flooded for any reason, DO NOT enter unless you are absolutely certain that the water is not in contact with a source of electricity, including appliances, electrical outlets or extension cords. If you're not sure, please call a qualified electrician.
  • Things that stop electricity from traveling from one place to another are called insulators. Special rubber and glass are two insulators.
  • In the blink of an eye, electricity can travel around the equator 7.5 times.

Safety Tips
  • Stay inside during thunderstorms. Lightning can kill!
  • Never install TV antennas near a power line.
  • Stay away from fenced-in electric substations. Obey the signs: DANGER - HIGH VOLTAGE - STAY AWAY!
  • Stay off of pad mount transformers, utility poles and any support wires or other utility equipment.
  • Remember that metal ladders conduct electricity - never use them near power lines.
  • If your basement becomes flooded for any reason, DO NOT enter unless you are absolutely certain that the water is not in contact with a source of electricity, including appliances, electrical outlets or extension cords. If you're not sure, please call a qualified electrician.

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