Utility workers, or line mechanics, wear special gear and use special equipment to stay safe around energized power lines.
Birds don't get electrocuted when they land on a power line because they are only touching one of the wires. If they were to touch two (or more) of the wires at the same time they WOULD get electrocuted.
If there’s a substation in your neighborhood, it’s important to steer clear. There’s a lot of high-voltage electricity inside – and you don't even have to touch anything inside to get hurt.
If you accidentally throw a ball or toy over a substation fence, never ever try to climb the fence to get it yourself. Ask a grown-up to call the electric company, and we'll be happy to get it for you.
To play it safe, make sure you know what the warning signs mean. "DANGER: HIGH VOLTAGE" means there's dangerous electricity inside.
You might see a sign with a character called Mr. Ouch - when you see Mr. Ouch, it means stay away.
They're called ground fault circuit interrupters, or GFCIs. These special outlets and plugs monitor the flow of electricity through the outlet's circuit.
You probably have a GFCI outlet near the sink in your bathroom. If your hair dryer accidentally fell into a sink full of water, the GFCI will sense that something is wrong and automatically shut off the power.
But remember that even special safety features like GFCIs can’t stop all accidents – so always follow the rules of electrical safety!
Now that you’re done reading the rules, try these fun games to test your safety smarts: