Below are are some simple storm safety guidelines so parents
and neighbors can inform children of potential electrical
- Don't allow children to touch or go near fallen wires, even
if sparks aren't present. Remember, following a storm, debris
can cover power lines that have fallen and even standing near
lines that are down can be dangerous. Always stay at least 20
feet or more away from any downed line and never step in water
- Transformers and other power equipment, usually large green
boxes on cement blocks, also should be avoided by children at
all times, especially during storms.
- During a lightning storm, tell children to stay out of the
water and away from puddles. When inside, tell them to stay out
of the tub or shower and stay off the phone. Currents from
lightning can enter through plumbing and phone lines.
- If caught inside a vehicle with a power line that has
fallen on it, you should wait inside for help and warn others
to stay away. It's better to stay inside the vehicle until
emergency help arrives, but if immediate escape is necessary,
tell them to jump clear without touching the ground and the
vehicle at the same time. Never touch the car and the ground at
the same time.
- Warn children to never touch electric cords or switches
when they are standing in water or have wet hands.
- When playing outside, children should not fly kites, model
planes or balloons near power lines, or climb trees near lines.
Not only can a kite or its string attract lightning during a
storm; electricity from power lines can travel from kite
strings to the person holding it.