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.
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