Spring is in the air. And so are power lines.

It’s the perfect time of the year to review safety tips when working or playing outdoors. Here’s how to avoid dangerous electrical accidents.

Look up. Look down. Look all around.

  • Look up! Check for overhead power lines before moving ladders, extension pruners or other longer items.
  • Call 811 before you dig to have underground utility locations marked.
  • Need to prune or remove a tree? If you see a wire in the work area, call our tree hotline at 800-544-1794. We’ll help you assess the safest way to do it.

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 and kites 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.

PGE volunteers often visit local schools to teach kids how to be safe around electricity. Here’s a thank-you note to PGE retiree Bob Gruener from Capitol Hill Elementary School student Reed H.

Reed's letter

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Learn more about how to stay safe around electricity when you’re working or playing outside.