Learn how to be safe around electricity when working or playing outdoors.
Stay away! If you’re accidentally near one, shuffle away, keeping both feet in contact with the ground at all times. Move at least 50 feet away (about the length of a school bus) from any downed line -- and stay away from any trees, metal or water in contact with the line.
If you see a downed or sagging line, stay at least 50 feet 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 until the line is de-energized.
Never use gasoline, propane or charcoal burning devices inside your home.
Only use heavy-duty, grounded, three-pronged extension cords rated for outdoor use. Periodically examine extension cords for breaks or damaged insulation. Discard and replace if defective.
Never alter or make temporary repairs to a cord.
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters, or GFCIs, are a good investment for all outdoor outlets to help protect you from serious injury.
Did you know that planting trees and shrubs near transformers is very dangerous? Always leave at least 20 feet between transformers and your landscaping.