As we spend more time outdoors during the warm summer months it’s important to understand the common outdoor electrical hazards present around the home.
- Always keep power equipment and yourself at least 10 feet away from power lines. Electricity can jump to nearby objects.
- Before digging in the year call 811 to learn the location of buried underground power lins and other utilities.
- Ensure that all outside outlets have Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) installed to automatically turn off the power if a plugged in item comes in contact with water.
- To avoid carbon monoxide poisoning never use a gas powered portable power generator indoors or near an area where fumes could enter the house.
- Make sure your generator is properly grounded.
- Extension cords should be used for short term power needs only.
- Make sure extension cords used outdoors are label “For Outdoor Use”.
- Protect outdoor outlets with weatherproof covers.
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