many free electrons makes a good conductor. Metal, standing water
or wet objects, trees and people conduct electricity, meaning that electricity
can travel through these objects easily. Copper
and aluminum have many free electrons and therefore are widely used as
few free electrons makes a good electrical insulator. glass, plastic,
rubber, porcelain, and clean dry wood contain few free electrons and,
therefore are widely used as insulators of electricity
- Never climb or play around a power pole or other electrical equipment.
- Assume all power lines have electricity flowing through them and stay
- Check for overhead wires running near or through trees before climbing,
pruning, picking fruit, or raising ladders.
- If you see a power line on the ground or dangling in the air, call
your local electric utility and 911.
- Be aware that some
electrical appliances may still "carry a charge" even
when unplugged. Call a qualified repairperson to service them.
Lines and services
a power line hits your car, stay inside until emergency workers
you must get out due to fire or other emergency, then jump clear
without touching the car and the ground at the same time. Land
with your feet
together. Shuffle away with your feet close together.
ever climb power poles or transmission towers. Don't let anyone
throw stones at insulators.
transformers are for underground wiring. The transformers are inside
sturdy metal cabinets that are locked for safety. Never dig near them
or pry them open. If you ever find an unlocked door, call the REMC.
inside. If you can not find shelter indoors, go to low ground and
crouch down. Stay away from trees and power poles.
not use electrical appliances or the telephone.
out of the shower or bathtub.
trees and other tall or metal objects.
out of the water.
- Never put
your fingers or anything other than an electrical plug or safety cap
in an outlet.
- Pull by
the plug, not by the cord, when unplugging an appliance. Be alert for
damaged plugs or cords.
- Limit the number of appliances plugged into each outlet.
- Unplug small electrical appliances and toys when not in use.
- Don't use electrical appliances when you are wet, have wet hands, or
are standing in water.
Electrical Common Sense
Never touch or go near over head powerlines.
Never dig near padmount transformers or mess with transformers.
Pad mounted transformers are for underground wiring. The transformers are
inside sturdy metal cabinets that are locked for safety. Never dig near
them or pry them open. If you find an unlocked padmount door, call the
Always call your Jay County REMC before trimming trees in or near power
before you dig.
Jay County REMC provides safety education programs.
Call us if you would like Jay County REMC to visit your school or organization.
more about Electrical Safety.