Never Touch a Downed Wire!
Even if the wire appears dead, touching it could be fatal. If your car hits a hydro pole and dislodges wires, stay inside until a Bluewater Power crew arrives and removes the wire. If you must get out because of fire, jump free with both feet together and without touching the car and the ground at the same time. Shuffle away using small steps. DO NOT return to the car for any reason and warn others to stay away.
Stay Clear of Power Lines!
Watch out for wires when sailing or launching your boat. A mast or antenna touching the lines could be fatal. Enjoy sports like parachuting, hang gliding, sky diving or kite flying in an open field, well away from power lines.
Don't Bring Appliances Near Water!
Electric radios, barbeques, televisions, clocks and other appliances should be kept well away from bathtubs and swimming pools. And, swimming pools should never be near power lines. A long-handled skimmer could be fatal if it touches outdoor lighting or power lines.
By law, all outdoor electrical outlets should be supplied from circuits equipped with ground fault circuit interrupters for extra protection. This is especially important in damp locations where electrical shocks are usually more severe and a normal fuse or circuit breaker doesn't provide enough protection.
Never Use Water on an Electrical Fire!
Never use water on electrical equipment or wires. Unplug the equipment if possible and use baking soda or a recommended dry chemical fire extinguisher.
How to Handle an Electrical Emergency - Rescue:
If someone inside a building receives a shock from a faulty appliance and is still in contact with it, don't touch the appliance before unplugging it from the wall socket.
If a person or vehicle touches an outdoor wire, don't touch either the person or vehicle. Call 911 or Bluewater Power at 337-8201 to get help or the power shut off.
Once the victim is free from the power line or faulty appliance, begin first aid. If unconscious, and either not breathing or breathing erratically, use artificial respiration immediately ... every second counts. Have someone call 911 for an ambulance. Don't leave the victim unattended.
If the victim is in shock, reassure them and keep them warm, but don't apply heat. Loosen clothing about the neck, chest and waist.
If burned, avoid handling the affected area. Do not apply lotions, break blisters or remove burned clothing. If possible, cover the burns including clothing with a prepared dry sterile dressing. Where the skin is blistering, bandage loosely, otherwise apply bandages firmly. Don't use gauze, cotton, wool or other material that is likely to stick.
Place an unconscious person gently on one side (the St. John Ambulance recovery position) and don't attempt to give them anything to eat or drink.
In an emergency, remain calm and dial 911 for help.
Teach Your Children About These Dangers!
Electricity is safe, provided it is used properly. Teach children to play safely ... away from hydro wires.
- Remind youngsters to avoid areas marked "keep out" or "danger" and never to poke or push things into electrical outlets.
- Warn children of the danger of touching power lines. If kites or model airplanes touch overhead lines, even touching their string or control line may cause serious injury.
- Climbing hydro poles, towers, or fences surrounding electrical equipment or climbing trees near power lines is extremely dangerous. Children could fall or touch a wire and be injured or killed.
For more safety tips, visit the Electrical & Utilities Safety Association of Ontario web site.