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Grades 3-7

1. Tell students that electricity is a great resource, but it can also be a danger. Share with them these rules to prevent injury and fire:
  • Always have a parent help you with electric appliances and cords.
  • Let a parent or adult know if there's a problem with an outlet, wire, or other electrical appliance. Never use an electrical cord that is broken or has wires showing.
  • Don't play with electrical cords.
  • Don't stick fingers or any other objects into electrical outlets.
  • Don't overload outlets with too many plugs.
  • Don't pull on cords to unplug appliances. Hold on to the plug itself.
  • Don't touch an electrical appliance while wet or standing in water.
  • Don't play near electrical equipment or power lines. Don't throw things over power lines.
  • If you see a power line down, tell an adult to call 911. STAY AWAY!
2. Distribute the student worksheet. Have students circle the safety dangers in the first picture. Have them circle the differences in the second picture.

Answer Key: Left Box: 1. overloaded outlet; 2. frayed cord; 3. cat biting cord; 4. kid pulling on cord; 5. baby putting toy in outlet; 6. wet kid touching appliance. Right Box: 1. flower in girl's hair; 2. stars in window; 3. rolling pin; 4. blender; 5. baby's shirt; 6. baby's toy; 7. design on rice cooker; 8. circles on checklist.
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