Educating School Children on Electrical Safety Program
At ERTH Power, we understand that children are our future and that electricity plays an important role in each of our lives. By educating children about electrical safety from a young age, we provide them with the skills and knowledge to stay safe at home, at school, at work, and in the community.
Our ongoing “Educating School Children on Electrical Safety Program” provides in-class electrical safety education. Through the use of visual aids and hands-on materials, the program educates children on ways they can protect themselves from the dangers and misuse of electricity. The program runs on a four-year cycle to all the elementary schools within our service territory and reaches approximately 1,500 students each year, between the ages of 5-13.
The program also offers insight into sustainability and practical ways children can make our world a cleaner, more sustainable place.
The school program is one way that ERTH is helping to build a safer, more sustainable future for all.
ESA Energy-SMART Kids
The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) offers an interactive online platform that includes electrical safety videos, games, activity pages, and other information to help kids learn about how electricity moves, the dangers of powerlines, how to do an electrical safety inspection in your home, and more. There are also resources for teachers and parents looking to engage children in this important safety issue.
In collaboration with several local utilities, a series of educational electrical safety videos featuring Lucky the Squirrel are available on our YouTube channel.
Video: Electrical Equipment is Dangerous
In this video Lucky the Squirrel demonstrates how dangerous electrical equipment can be. This video educates viewers to never touch or tamper with electrical equipment and infrastructure, including pad mount transformers found within the community.
Video: Overhead Powerline Safety
In this video Lucky the Squirrel demonstrates how dangerous overhead powerlines can be. This video educates viewers to keep people and objects away from overhead powerlines.
Video: Wires on a Vehicle
In this video Lucky the Squirrel demonstrates what to do if a vehicle comes in contact with a powerline. This video educates viewers that the safest thing to do in this situation is to call 9-1-1 immediately and stay in the vehicle until emergency crews arrive.
Video: Downed Powerline
In this video Lucky the Squirrel demonstrates the dangers of a downed powerline and what to do. This video educates viewers to always assume that a powerline is energized and stay at least 10 metres or 33 feet (approximately the length of a school bus) away.
Video: Keep Your Distance
In this video Lucky the Squirrel demonstrates the dangers of high-voltage overhead powerlines. This video educates viewers to always keep a safe distance of 3 to 6 metres from overhead powerlines, depending on the voltage.
Video: Call or Click Before You Dig
In this video Lucky the Squirrel demonstrates the dangers that could be hiding below the ground. Remember, you must contact OntarioOneCall to request utility locates at least 5 days before starting a digging project of any size – it’s the law!