Around the house
- Make sure bathroom and outdoor power outlets are equipped with Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs).
- Never poke fingers, toys, or anything else into wall outlets.
- Do not overload circuits, and use a power strip for heavy usage.
- Use electrical cords with a third (ground) prong. Never try to remove the third prong.
- Do not plug or unplug electrical appliances, tools, or equipment with wet hands or in wet conditions.
- Do not insert any metal implement into an electrical appliance while it is plugged in.
- Replace damaged or frayed power cords.
- Never attempt to disconnect your power meter, as it could explode.
- Always have a qualified electrician perform any electrical work, including connecting an emergency or backup generator.
Outside the house
- Before doing any work near power lines, know where all power lines are located.
- Before digging or driving posts into the ground, call your utility provider.
- Make sure swimming pools are situated well away from power lines.
- Do not plant trees where they will grow into power lines.
- Install antennas away from power lines at a distance that is at least equal to the height of the antenna, plus 3 yards.
Take great care to avoid overhead power lines, especially when performing activities, such as:
- Using a ladder
- Pruning or cutting trees
- Cleaning a pool
- Installing or removing an antenna
- Working on the roof
- Carrying long tools or pipes
- Setting up and moving scaffolding
Nothing, including rubber gloves, will protect you from the voltages carried by overhead power lines.
- Always be on the lookout for fallen or sagging wires, especially after storms.
- Stay away from downed power lines.
- Never play around power substations, poles, towers, fences, or trees near power lines or electrical equipment.
- Never fly kites near overhead power lines.
- Never spray water guns or hoses at power lines.
- Never try to open, or poke sticks or other objects into underground transformer boxes.
- Stay out of substations and areas marked 'Keep Out' or 'Danger'. If a ball or toy lands in a high voltage area, call your electric utility to retrieve it.
- Avoid going outdoors during a lightning storm.
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