The dangers of approaching a powerful source of electricity are demonstrated. Includes images of dangerous sources of electricity which children may see in their local environment. To demonstrate the dangers of electricity, a dummy is moved towards an electricity cable and struck by electrical sparks. The importance of following instructions and taking note of warning signs is explained.

This clip is from:
Science Clips, Changing Circuits
First broadcast:
11 October 2007

This clip is useful to raise awareness of the potential dangers of electricity in the places they move around every day. If possible, a trip around the school's local area could be organised (or simply around school). Could pupils spot the dangers? Ask children to make a list of all the possible hazards they see around them and also write down any warning signs they find. Discuss their views on what they have seen and experienced. Ask: "Why is it important to read signs and follow instructions? What else could be done to help young people act responsibly when it comes to electricity?"