kids with backpacks excitedly walking into school

As kids head back to school, here are some electrical safety tips that are useful whether they’re starting college, or their first day of school.

K-8th grade

  • Keep fingers, writing utensils, paperclips and other objects away from electrical outlets.
  • When unplugging electronics, always hold the base of the plug to pull it out — never yank from the cord.
  • Stay clear of pad-mounted transformers (big green box) and other electrical equipment.
  • Never throw shoes onto power lines and if you see them already hanging, do not try to take them off.

High school

  • If you drive to school, obey all traffic laws and practice safety when driving in areas where utility crews are working.
  • If you see a downed power line, assume the line is energized and stay away from it. Call 911 to report it.
  • Always be cautious in science classes, specifically those with labs, as it’s likely your hands, or the area near you, will get wet. Keep everything dry and use caution when plugging in equipment.


  • Get in the habit of unplugging devices that are not in use.
  • Don’t overload electrical outlets. Many dorms and campus housing are not equipped to handle today’s use of electronics.
  • Keep extension cords out from under rugs or furniture as this could damage the cord and it is a fire hazard.
  • Keep all electrical appliances and cords away from bedding, curtains and other flammable materials.