Don’t Forget These Springtime Electrical Safety Tips
Now that the weather is warmer and people are spending more time outside, it’s important to make sure certain electrical components are functioning properly and you are practicing good habits around electrical items both inside and outside of the home.
Focusing on electrical safety awareness can help ensure you are not injured due to an electrical malfunction.
According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), thousands of people in the United States are critically injured or electrocuted as a result of electrical fires and accidents in their own homes.
Here are some simple safety rules to remember:
- Ladders of every material should not come in contact with a power line, as it may result in a serious injury or death. Keeping a 10 feet distance from an overhead power line is a good rule of measure.
- If your power tools are not being used, make sure to unplug everything. If not, it’s possible for the tools to overheat and cause a fire.
- Check for damaged cords on power tools. It is important to check if the cord is frayed or the plug is broken. This makes the tool dangerous to operate.
- Avoid wet areas while using any electrical item. Be aware of your surroundings, being sure to check for a running hose or sprinkler. Wet grass is particularly an issue.
- Teach kids to never fly a kite or climb a tree near a power line. If a kite gets tangled in overhead power lines, don’t try to remove it yourself. Kite string can conduct an electrical current, which can cause serious injuries or death.
- Call 811 before you dig so underground utility lines can be properly marked. This free service is required by state law, and should be done at least two business days before the digging begins.
All electrical lines and equipment should be treated seriously and with caution.
Use these simple and easy to follow tips to stay safe this summer.