Electricity is extremely dangerous. Fact.
You could be seriously hurt or killed if you mess about with
electrical appliances, electric sockets or electricity
flexesElectric wire covered in an
insulating material like plastic. in your home. You
could also be seriously hurt or killed if you play in substationsSubstations are an important part of the
national grid. They contain transformers which increase or decrease
the voltage of an electric current. They are very dangerous. Do not
enter a substation for any reason - you could be
electrocuted., near overhead lines
Thick electric cables that carry
electricity from where it is generated to where it is
used. on wooden poles or around electricity pylonsA tall
metal tower that carries very high voltage power
Why is electricity dangerous?
- It always tries to find the easiest path to the ground
- Human bodies contain 70% water and water conducts electric
current really well
- Electricity flows more easily through water than through
This means that if you get too close to power lines or a
substation, the electricity could pass through the water content of
your body as it tries to find the easiest way to get to the ground.
You could get an electric shock and might even die.
Electricity in the home can also be dangerous if you don't
Spot the Hazard
Do you know how to stay safe around electricity?
Try Spot the Hazard. Can you
find all of the hazards?