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Heading outside? 8 rules to keep you safe

Follow these electrical safety guidelines when working or playing outdoors this spring.

  • Know what’s below: Call 811 before you dig to have underground utility locations marked.
  • Look up! Check for overhead power lines before moving ladders, extension pruners or other longer tools.
  • Fly kites, drones and model planes only in open areas away from power lines.
  • Teach children to stay away from trees near power lines and electric utility equipment such as power poles or ground-level transformer boxes.
  • Water and electricity don’t mix. Keep electrical equipment away from pools, ponds and standing water.
  • Use only heavy-duty, grounded, three-pronged extension cords labeled for outdoor use.
  • Outdoor outlets should have ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) to help prevent electric shock and outlet covers to block water.
  • Need to prune or remove a tree? If you see a wire in the work area, call our tree hotline at 800-544-1794 to help you assess the safest way to do it.

See Outdoor Safety for more details on how to stay safe around electrical equipment.