Every day we depend upon electricity to keep our lives running. Electricity powers our homes, offices and factories. 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 way 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.
- 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 7-1/2 times.
- 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 utility poles and any support wires or other utility equipment.