Spring and Summer Electrical Safety Tips

Even though the spring and summer can be a great time of the year, the added outside activity comes with the possibility of accidents.
Here are a few electrical safety tips to help ensure a fun-filled, yet safe, spring and summer:
  1. Always be aware of the location of power lines. This is particularly important when installing rooftop antennas and satellite dishes, doing roof repair work, or when using long metal ladders, pool skimmers, and/or pruning poles.
  2. If your project includes digging, like building a deck or planting a tree, call your utilities hotline before you begin. Never assume the location or depth of underground utility lines. Call at least three business days ahead of your dig date. This service prevents the inconvenience of having utilities interrupted, and it can help you avoid serious injury.
  3. Electricity + water = DANGER. If it is raining, or the ground is wet, avoid using electric yard tools. Never step into a flooded area, especially basements, if the water is in contact with electrical outlets, appliances, or cords.
  4. Be sure outdoor outlets and outlets near wet areas of the kitchen, bath, and laundry room have ground fault circuit interrupts (GFCI) to prevent serious shock injuries.
  5. Make sure tools and extension cords are marked for outdoor use.
  6. Read and follow the manufacturers’ instructions when using any product that is powered by electricity.
  7. Do not touch anything that has a downed wire laying on it. Electricity can travel more than some people might realize. Call to inform the power company of downed wires right away.
  8. Never try to rescue a family member, friend, or pet that has come into contact with any electrical equipment, as you could be seriously injured in the process. Instead, call 911 immediately.

We are here to help! Whenever you have a problem, big or small, we have the solution. Call Branham by Suburban Electrical Services today! (314) 426-3900 

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