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Kids' safety corner

It’s important to teach kids where energy comes from, how to conserve it and how to stay safe around it. We have resources for teachers and parents to share with kids, including videos and activities designed for children aged five through 12.

 

 Safety tips for kids

 

We all use energy safely every day to heat our homes, cook our food and keep our computers running. But there are a few things you should be aware of to make sure you stay safe around natural gas and electricity.

General safety

  • Ask for permission before using things that give off heat, like stoves and fireplaces
  • Always obey warning signs and stay out of fenced areas with warning signs—there may be equipment at work that could hurt you.

Natural gas

We make sure natural gas has a funny smell, like boiled or rotten eggs. That’s because we want you to be able to smell natural gas leaks.

Smell boiled or rotten eggs? Tell an adult right away, then go outside together and call 911.

A few more tips to keep you safe around natural gas:

  • Never climb on or play near gas meters.
  • Don’t attach anything to a gas meter. This includes locking up your bike or tying your dog’s leash to the meter
  • Call or click before you dig. Gas lines are buried under the soil and if you dig and hit one, it could cause problems for the whole neighbourhood.

Electricity

  • Never mix water and electricity.
  • Never touch or play with exposed wires or electric outlets.
  • Stay away from power lines – about the length of a school bus is a good distance.
  • Tell an adult or call 911 if you see a fallen power line, and stay far away from it.
  • Never try to get a balloon or kite tangled up in power lines. Tell an adult to call FortisBC, and we’ll get it back for you.
 

 Videos and fun stuff

 

Get rid of that stink

Learn what to do when you smell rotten eggs in your house.

Look up and live

Some dangers are obvious. Others, not so much.

Safety masters

This game show could save your life.

Urban jungle hunter

Downed power lines are dangerous. Learn what to do when you encounter one.​

Call before you dig

What you don’t know could cost you—a lot.

 

 

Visit Energy Is Awesome for videos, experiments and colouring pages that can help kids learn how to be safe and smart around natural gas and electricity.

Did you know...

  • energy vampires live in your home?
  • natural gas comes from dinosaurs?
  • we turn water into energy?

It's true! Visit energyisawesome.com to learn lots of cool energy facts.

 

 School & community resources

 

For younger students

Our free Energy Is Awesome presentation is suitable for kindergarten to grade 7 students. FortisBC employees deliver the presentation at your school or community group and talk about natural gas and electricity safety and conservation. Activity books and other educational material are included.

To request an Energy Is Awesome presentation for your group or information about our public safety programs, please complete the online form.



 


For older students

We encourage you to share our video, A Few Minutes for Safety, with teens. This video looks at the electric and natural gas dangers they may face while driving and working part-time jobs. Download the accompanying teacher and student guides for free classroom use.


 

 

 

 Emergency kits for kids

 

​If your child is at school when an accident or emergency occurs, a personal emergency kit they can leave at school can provide comfort and necessary items.

What to pack

One of the most important items to pack is a copy of your family’s emergency plan, including: 

  • where you will meet in an emergency
  • names and contact information for each family member
  • the name of the person authorized to pick up your kids if you can’t get there
  • the name and number of an out-of-town emergency contact

You can buy ready-made kits online or assemble one yourself to be stored in their locker, cubby hole or other convenient location at school. If possible, pack enough food and water for three days. Here are some ideas to get you started: 

  • granola bars or other quick-energy, child-friendly foods that don’t require heating
  • bottled water
  • whistle
  • emergency blanket
  • flashlight and batteries and/or lightstick
  • basic first aid kit, such as adhesive bandages
  • hygiene supplies, such as small pack of tissues, sanitary wipes or antibacterial lotion, comb and toothbrush and toothpaste
  • comfort items, such as a book or game to pass the time, a toy or stuffed animal and/or a compact album with family photos

Customize the kit according to your child’s preferences, the climate where you live (for example, you may wish to add extra clothing or socks and gloves) and your school’s policies (such as nuts or allergens).