Electrical safety is mainly an exercise in common sense, but it helps to know some fundamentals of how electricity works. Use our guidelines to keep your family and business safe.

Wildfire safety

Even in historically wet, mild Oregon, summers are getting hotter and dryer with longer wildfire seasons, and the overall risk of wildfires is increasing. Because the electrical grid has the potential to cause wildfires, we’re doing more now to reduce the risk later, and keep you – and Oregon – safe.

Generator safety

A home generator can be a convenient backup solution during a power outage, if you use it safely. Before turning on a generator, always follow manufacturer instructions!

Plan for medical needs

Use medical life-support equipment? Have a plan in place and consider a backup generator in case of an extended power outage.

Outdoor safety

When you’re doing yardwork or DIY projects, remember:

  1. Electricity can jump. Pay attention to where lines are and what you’re doing that might provide a path for electricity to travel through you to the ground.

  2. Call 811 before you dig. If you don’t call and you hit an underground line, you could be injured or killed. You may be held liable for damages.

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Safety basics

Electricity is always seeking a path to the ground through water, trees, metal, wood, concrete, as well as people and animals.

These things don’t have to touch a wire to electrocute you, so always keep yourself and your equipment at least 20 feet away from power lines. It’s not only safe, it’s also the law.

Tree maintenance

Get tips on how to maintain your trees and shrubbery safely around power lines. 

Free wood chips

Interested in free wood chips? Find out how to request them.

Home safety

Learn how to use electricity safely in your home. 

Outdoor lighting

See options for installing streetlights and outdoor area lighting.

Kids’ safety education

Show your kids how to use electricity safely and check out our free electricity education resources for families and teachers.

Contractors & landscapers

Keep your crew safe, whether they’re digging, building, landscaping or performing routine maintenance outdoors.

Business safety

See workplace electrical safety tips.

Stay safe in a storm

Call PGE immediately at  503-464-7777in Portland, or  800-544-1795 to report any downed utility line. Here are some safety tips:

  • If you see a downed or sagging line, stay away!

  • A downed line doesn’t have to spark to be dangerous.

  • Don’t touch anything near a downed power line.

  • If a person or animal is in contact with electricity, stay back.

  • If a line falls on your car, stay in your vehicle.

  • Never use gasoline, propane or charcoal burning devices inside your home.