Help put important tips about electric and gas safety into context for students with specific indoor and outdoor scenarios. Students are challenged to look at an illustration and identify what is not safe.
Skills supporting learning standards: interpreting illustrations, participating in group discussions
Copies of the “Spot the 10 Hazards” student activity sheet
Meet the Wrench. This Con Edison electricity expert will help you teach students basic safety rules that will keep them safe when using electricity inside or outside their homes. Share the following tips with your students and then have them complete the worksheet.
Electric Safety Tips for Kids
When You're Inside...
- If an electric cord is broken or has wires showing, tell an adult. The cords should be replaced because homemade repairs often lead to fires.
- Do not play with or bite electric cords.
- Do not stick fingers or other objects into light sockets or electric outlets.
- Do not overload outlets with too many plugs.
- Do not pull on cords to unplug appliances. Hold on to the plug itself.
- Never touch or use any electric product, such as a hair dryer, when you are wet or standing in water.
- If a hair dryer, radio, or other electric device falls into water, do not reach in and try to get it out. Instead tell an adult. The adult should make sure he or she is dry, not standing in water, and that the plug is not wet. The adult should pull the plug, not the cord, from the outlet or shut the power off at the circuit breaker.
When You're Outside...
- Never go near or touch a fallen power line. STAY AWAY and immediately tell an adult to report it. Call 911 and the electric company.
Natural Gas Safety for Kids
Natural gas is a type of fuel. Here are important safety rules for you and your family to know and follow:
- Never play near any gas appliances in your home.
- Never let an adult use a gas range or oven to heat your home.
- The smell of natural gas is hard to miss—it smells like rotten eggs. If you smell gas (or see mist or hear hissing), tell your parent or an adult immediately.
- If you're inside when you smell gas, your family should leave your home immediately.
- If you're outside, get far away from where you think the gas might be leaking.
- Don't do anything to create a spark that could cause an explosion, such as use any type of phone, turn lights on or off, ring a doorbell, use a flashlight, light a match, or start a car.
- Once you are a safe distance away, your parent or an adult should call 911 and the gas company.