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Electrical Safety at Home

Electricity is an important part of our lives that cannot be taken for granted. Electricity must be treated with caution and respect. Please practice safety precautions and share the following tips with your family.

Power Lines

Never go near or touch a power line. Assume every wire is "live" and never assume a line is "dead." Especially, assume all downed wires are "live."

If you come across a downed wire, call your public utility, or have someone else call, as soon as possible to report the exact location. Keep people and pets away from the wire until the utility company or the police arrive.

Do not fly kites or model airplanes near power lines, and if one gets caught in a line, do not try to remove it. Leave it alone.

Never install a TV or Radio Antenna within falling distance of a power line.

Before you move a metal ladder or scaffolding, check to see that it is clear of power lines. They can be deadly if contact occurs with a power line.

Never raise any tall object near a power line. Carry it level with the ground and be cautious when removing water pipes and well casings.

Equipment with booms, cranes, and draglines should never be placed where contact with a power line could be made on any part of the swing. A person standing on the ground could be injured or killed if they touch the equipment.

Climbing trees, poles, or steel towers can result in accidental contact with power lines. The same hazards are involved when you attempt to remove tree limbs from power lines. Don't do it. Call your power company!

If your car comes in contact with a power line for any reason, try to break away. If the car will not move, stay inside and wait for help to arrive. If you are forced to abandon the car, then jump clear. Never touch the car and the ground at the same time.

In Case of Fire in the Home

Never use water on electrical fires. Have everyone leave the house. Call the fire department if you cannot extinguish it. If the fire is in a small appliance, unplug the appliance or turn off the electricity. DO NOT TOUCH APPLIANCES. Use a Class C fire extinguisher, which is recommended for electrical fires.

First Aid for Electrical Injury

Do not touch the person until they have been freed from the source of electricity by turning the power off. You can use a non-conductor, such as dry rope or wood, to push or pull the person away from the power source.

If the person is outside and in contact with a high voltage wire, do not try to move them. Call 911 for emergency help.

Knowledge of first aid and CPR can save someone's life from an electrical injury. Contact the Red Cross or Fire Department for information.

Suggestions for Safe Use of Electricity

Do not use any electrical appliance or tool while on a wet surface, in the rain, or while standing in water.

Make sure all power tools have three prong plugs or are double insulated.

Make sure all power tools and appliances have Underwriters Laboratories (UL) approval.

Make sure all power tools and appliances are properly maintained, and the cords are not frayed and are in good condition.

 

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