Outdoor Electrical Safety
Overhead and Underground Power Lines
There are several electrical hazards outside the home.
You should not only be aware of overhead power lines but also
underground power lines.
People have been electrocuted when an object they are moving has
come in contact with the overhead power lines. Keep ladders,
antennas, kites and poles away from power lines leading to the
house and other buildings.
You should never put a swimming pool or other structure under
the power line leading to your house.
Whenever doing projects around the house that require digging,
such as installing a fence or simply landscaping, be sure you know
where any underground power lines may be located.
If you have an animal trapped in a tree or on the roof near
electric lines, phone your utility company. Do not take a chance of
Downed power lines are extremely dangerous. If you see a downed
power line, call the electric company, and warn others away. If a
power line hits your car while you are in it, stay inside the car
until help arrives. If the car catches fire, DO NOT PANIC, slowly
and carefully open the door, while still in the car look out and
make sure there are no power lines that you may contact, remember
to also look up, DO NOT STEP OUT OF THE CAR, place both feet on the
edge of the door jamb and jump clear without touching metal and the
ground at the same time.
Be aware of weather conditions when installing and working with
electrical appliances outdoors. Never use electrical power tools or
appliances in the rain or when standing in water or on damp ground.
If you are using an extension cord outdoors be sure it is marked
"For Outdoor Use" and rated for the power needs of your tools. When
using electric trimmers, edgers, etc. be careful not to damage or
cut the extension cord. Always use outlets that are protected by a
ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI).
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