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0 Comments | May 10, 2017

Electrical Equipment Safety Tips

May is National Electrical Safety Month so we wanted to provide some electrical safety awareness tips for the spring season. As the weather warms, outdoor home and job projects increase and so do the possibilities for electrical injuries if you’re not careful.

Here are some things to be aware of this season:

Worn Out Equipment Cords and Plugs

Watch for electrical equipment cords (such as power tools, lawnmowers, etc.) that are frayed, and broken or cracked plugs. Do not use equipment that is damaged, it is safer to replace it instead.

Keep Areas of Use Dry

Keep electrical equipment cords away from damp conditions (this includes wet grass).

Hire A Professional

DIY projects are becoming popular but they can also be dangerous especially if you don’t know what you are doing. Sometimes the safest option is hiring a professional to work for you, especially when it comes to the electrical system in your house.

Keep A Safe Distance Around Overhead and Downed Powerlines

If you need to trim high tree branches, check to see if any power lines are overhead before setting up your ladder. Be sure to keep all ladders at least 10 feet away from overhead power lines.

Maintain a distance of about 10 feet in the event of a downed powerline and call 911 immediately to report it. For more information on how to stay safe around downed power lines, click here.

For more safety tips around electrical equipment, click here.

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