Electricity safely powers so much of our lives: video games, phones, televisions, and much more. Electricity can be extremely dangerous, so it’s important to teach your family to be cautious while using electricity and around electrical equipment. Please take a moment to review these safety tips with your children.
- Never put fingers or other objects in an outlet.
- Keep metal objects out of toasters.
- Never use anything with a cord or plug around water.
- Never pull a plug out by its cord.
- Learn what “Danger High Voltage” signs look like, and stay away from power lines, substations and pad-mounted electrical equipment.
- Don’t climb trees near power lines, tree branches can conduct electricity.
- Assume any wire is energized, and never go near a downed power line. Stay at least 200 feet away and have an adult call 911 and 888-DIAL-PNM.
- Always fly kites, drones and model aircraft in open areas, away from power poles, overhead power lines and substations.
- Electricity can travel down the strings of kites or balloons that touch or become entangled in power lines.
- Never attempt to retrieve a kite or device that is caught in a power line or that falls into a substation. Instead, have an adult call us at 888-DIAL-PNM.
- Metallic party balloons are highly conductive. Keep them indoors and dispose of properly in the trash. Never release balloons into the air; they can cause fires and power outages.