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Electrical Safety Tips For The Summer

5/13/2014

Valerie Johannsen
Valerie Johannsen People & Brand Manager

Electrical safety isn’t only relevant to inside of your home. There are plenty of electrical hazards outside to watch for and avoid. Follow these tips to ensure you and your family’s summer days and nights are fun-filled and safe!

  • Assume all wires are power lines and never touch one. If you spot a downed power line, keep everyone out of the area and immediately call 911.
  • Pay attention to the location of all overhead power lines. Make sure to check for power lines in or near trees before pruning branches. Don’t use pruning tools or ladders near power lines. Use the 10-foot rule. Always keep yourself and anything you’re handling at least 10 feet away from overhead power lines. Never try to remove a branch that is tangled or lying across a power line.
  • Call before you dig when putting in fence posts, planting trees, installing sprinkler systems or excavating for new construction. Contacting underground power lines can be dangerous. Call 811 at least 48 hours before you dig to have lines marked for free.
  • Landscape carefully around electrical equipment.
  • Take care when climbing trees. Always look for power lines before climbing.
  • Please don’t attach flyers, signs, or any other items to utility poles. They create a hazard for workers, reduce the life of the pole and are a violation of state law.
  • Use lighting and power tools that have the label of an independent test laboratory and made for outdoor use.
  • Keep electric tools away from children.
  • Check lighting and extension cords for damage before using. Replace any damaged cords right away.
  • Head inside a car or building when you see lightning. Avoid wide-open spaces and tall trees since lightning is attracted to the tallest object in a given area. Get out of the water if swimming outside when it’s lightning.

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