Using electricity safely

The batteriesA battery is two or more electric cells joined together that can produce an electric current when connected to an electric circuit. we use for torches and radios are mostly 1.5 volts or 9 volts while the mains electricityElectric current supplied to our homes from the national grid. in our homes is 230 volts. The higher the voltageA measure of the energy of the electric charges in a circuit. in a circuit, the greater the electric currentElectric current is a flow of electric charges (electrons). can be. The low voltages provided by batteries means they are perfectly safe, but mains electricity can kill if we don't respect it.

Stay safe

  • Never poke your fingers or anything else into electric sockets, toasters or any other electrical appliance.
  • Never touch electric appliances with wet hands.
  • Never use electric appliances near water.
  • Never pull a plug out of a socket by pulling on the electricity flexElectric wire covered in an insulating material like plastic.. Hold the plug instead.
  • Never carry an electrical appliance by its electricity flex.
  • Never use an electrical appliance if it has a broken electricity flex.

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