- Always be aware of the location of power lines, particularly when using long metal ladders, pool skimmers, and pruning poles, or when installing rooftop antennas and satellite dishes or doing roof repair work.
- 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 last three business days ahead of your dig date. This service prevents the inconvenience of having utilities interrupted, and can help you avoid serious injury.
- Electricity + water = DANGER. If it’s 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.
- 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
- Make sure tools and extension cords are marked for outdoor use.
- Read and follow the manufacturers’ instructions when using any product that is power by electricity.
- Don’t 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.
- Never try to rescue a family member, friend or pet that has come into contact with any electrical equipment — Call 911 immediately
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