The biggest danger outside is accidental contact with overhead electric conductors. To stay safe, pay attention to:
Where lines are
What you’re doing that might provide a path for electricity to travel through you to the ground
Electricity is always seeking a path to the ground through a conductor. Common conductors outdoors are:
Trees and tree branches (they’re water-rich)
Metal equipment such as ladders, chainsaws, trimmers, and gutters
Other materials you might not expect to conduct, such as wood or concrete
Humans and animals (we’re water-rich, too)
Conductors don’t actually have to touch a wire to cause trouble 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.
Bottom line? If it’s near a power line, don’t touch it.
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 in your home