News release

Electrical Safety Day encourages British Columbians to stay safe year-round

VANCOUVER – BC Hydro is reminding British Columbians about the importance of electrical safety. On May 11, more than 225 classrooms in B.C. will participate in BC Hydro's Electrical Safety Day in schools.

"Electrical equipment can be dangerous and the safety and well-being of the public is a key priority for BC Hydro," said Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines. "We rely on electricity every day and we need to ensure British Columbians are supplied with a safe and reliable source of power."

"The province could face a serious emergency at any time," said Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of State for Emergency Preparedness. "Safety programs like this ensure that all British Columbians are prepared for natural disasters or motor vehicle accidents that can make electricity dangerous."

The initiative was designed to raise awareness to the hazards of electricity and promote safety. Participating elementary and secondary students across the province will be led through an interactive video that demonstrates the key safety elements of downed power lines. This year's safety theme is "Down. Danger. Dial."

"If a power line is down, it's a danger and we want you to dial 911," said Hugo Shaw, senior vice-president, Safety & Security, BC Hydro. "Through our school programs, we are getting this message on electrical safety to thousands of students across the province. Classrooms in about 45 school districts have pledged to participate in this year's initiative."

A downed power line is considered an emergency, even if it's not sparking or emitting buzzing sounds. British Columbians who come across a downed power line should stay at least 10 metres back – the length of a standard bus – and call emergency responders who will ensure the area is safe.

There are a number of ways British Columbians can stay safe at home or outside in the community. BC Hydro is reminding the public to follow these tips:

  • Call a certified electrician to do any wiring in your home.
  • Turn off all appliances and lights that are on the circuit before changing the fuse.
  • Pull the plug, not the cord, when disconnecting an electrical device.
  • Do not climb on electrical equipment or power poles.
  • Choose trees the right size when planting near power lines and stay safe when pruning or trimming.
  • Contact BC One Call at 1 800 474 6886 before digging in your yard.

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BC Hydro Media Relations
p. 604 928 6468