For Kids

Top 10 tips for keeping kids safe

Electricity is very dangerous.  To make sure you are safe, try and remember the following:

  1. Don't put fingers or objects into an electrical outlet, toaster, or any other appliance, even it it's off.
  2. Never use appliances – and appliance cords – near bathtubs and sinks.
  3. Don’t climb trees near power lines.
  4. Keep kites and balloons far away from power lines. Electricity can travel down the strings of kites or balloons that become tangled in power lines, and can cause fire or shock.
  5. Never try to remove something from a power line yourself! If you see something stuck in  a power line, tell an adult and call 1-800-4-NIPSCO.
  6. Plug covers should be used in outlets.
  7. Only use balloons or kites in open areas, away from overhead lines. Keep metallic balloons indoors, as the y are highly conductive.
  8. For those who live near substations, never try to retrieve a toy falls over a fence into the substation. Call 1-800-4-NIPSCO to retrieve the toy.
  9. Keep away from areas where you see “Danger - High Voltage,” "Warning - High Voltage,” and "Caution - High Voltage" signs.
  10. Stay away from power lines, substations, and pad-mounted transformers, which look like short, metal storage cabinets on cement slabs.