Learn to Avoid Danger of Electric Shock

Hi I'm Sparky,

It's my job to keep you safe around our electricity and gas network.  That means teaching you about dangerous situations involving power lines, substations or transformer boxes.

Watch my video below to see what could happen and what you should do to stay safe.

Can you remember all the safety messages? Take the quiz below to see how power safe you are.

Sparky Safety Quiz

How does electricity get to your house?

The diagram below is to help explains how electricity gets from the power station to your house.

Electricity is made at a power station. Electricity can be made using coal, water, wind, geothermal or solar Pylons are big and strong so they can hold the heavy high voltage electricity lines. These lines carry the electricity really fast to a substation. A substation reduces the high voltage electricity, into low voltage electricity. The smaller power lines in your street carry the electricity to your house. You can now turn on your lights, TV and oven. Electricity has been on a long journey to get to your house.

Electricity is very helpful - it is used for lighting up our homes and powering appliances.  But it is also very dangerous.  The higher the voltage, the more dangerous the electricity is.

Voltage is the force that makes the electricity move along the power lines.

Electricity travels at different voltages, depending on how far it has to go. The longer the distance, the higher the voltage.

Remember if you see something that looks dangerous – stay away and tell an adult.

Click here to go to the Powerco website.  

Sparky’s top safety messages

To keep safe, read my safety messages so you will know what to do……

  • Power lines that have come down in a storm may still be live with electricity, remember to stay well away. Tell an adult to call Powerco straight away, and we will come and fix them.
  • Power poles and pylons are not supposed to be climbed up, climb a tree instead but make sure it is away from power lines.
  • Never sit on, play on or jump off transformer boxes – they are dangerous and full of electricity. And if one ever looks un-safe, tell an adult straight away!
  • Fly your kites in clear open spaces – away from power lines and pylons. If a kite gets close to the power lines, let go! The electricity can come down the kite string and you can be electrocuted. If something gets tangled in the power lines, tell an adult to call for help.
  • If you lose a ball or something else over the fence and into a substation, leave it there. Don’t try to climb in to get it. Get an adult to call us and we will come and get the ball back for you.
  • We use qualified tree trimmers to cut trees close to our power lines, if you see mum or dad cutting too close remind them how dangerous it could be.
  • When planting new trees make sure you plant low growing ones under power lines and big trees well away so they don’t grow up into the lines.

Sparky says always tell an adult to call Powerco if you see something dangerous on our network.  Keep an eye out for the signs below, they mean DANGER, so stay away and stay safe.

Sparky in schools

Sparky is part of our School Safety Programme for primary school children.

He is the Powerco safety boy who, after learning how to keep safe around our electricity network, turns into a power safety hero. He helps Powerco pass on safety messages to children in a fun, memorable way.

Sparky and his friends go into schools where children help Sparky spot the dangers and tell him what he should do to stay safe around power supplies.

Email  sparky@powerco.co.nz for details on Sparky visiting your school.

Here's Sparky visiting Puketapu School in Bell Block, New Plymouth, and Otumoetai School in Tauranga.