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Heading outdoors? We have safety tips for you

How to stay safe around power equipment when you’re working or playing outside.

When you’re outdoors, it’s good to be aware of overhead and underground power lines and other electrical equipment. Follow these important, need-to-know guidelines to avoid dangerous electrical accidents outside.

Watch for wires

  • 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 items.
  • Need to prune or remove a tree? If you see a wire in the work area, call our tree hotline at 800-544-1794 or fill out our online form. We’ll help you assess the safest way to get the job done.

Water and electricity don’t mix

  • Keep electrical equipment away from pools, ponds and standing water.
  • Outdoor outlets should have outlet covers to block water and ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI).
  • Use only grounded, three-pronged extension cords labeled for outdoor use.

Play it safe

  • Fly drones, kites and model planes in open areas away from power lines.
  • Teach children to never play near electric utility equipment, such as power poles or transformer boxes, and to stay out of trees near power lines.

See more outdoor safety information.