Doesn’t it feel great to cross items off of your springtime to-do list? There’s not much that rivals the feeling of accomplishment and studies show that getting things done around the house can have lots of benefits. As you gear up and head outside to tackle projects this spring, keep these electrical safety tips in mind to help eliminate the risk of injuries or even death:
- Look out for overhead power lines every time you use a ladder. This includes working on the roof, pruning trees or carrying long tools or large loads. Keep in mind that even ladders made of wood can be fatal if they come in contact with electricity.
- Before using power tools or electrical devices, inspect them for frayed cords, broken plugs or cracked or broken housing. Repair or replace any of these items right away.
- Be sure to unplug all outdoor tools and appliances while you’re not using them. Even if you’re coming back to them in a few minutes or later that day, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
- Remember that water and electricity do not mix. Avoid going outside to work in damp conditions, even if the grass is the only part of the yard that’s wet, because running wires through wet areas can cause severe injuries.
- Planning on digging? Call 811 at least 3 days before your project beings to find out what’s below the surface. They’ll send a representative out to mark underground utility lines, pipes and cables for free.
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