Here are twenty tips to keep you safe around electricity.
- Keep electrical appliances and toys away from water.
- Be alert for damaged plugs and cords on outdoor electrical appliances and fixtures. Don’t touch or use them if damaged.
- Always be careful when you use any electrical appliance or toy inside your home.
- Never put your finger or anything other than an electrical plug in an outlet.
- Pull by the plug and not the cord when unplugging an appliance.
- Don’t use an electrical appliance when you’re wet.
- Be sure outlets near water sources have GFCI’s
- Limit the number of appliances plugged into each outlet.
- Stay away from Cloverland Electric Cooperative equipment including poles, guy wires, substations, underground transformers and trucks working on lines.
- Watch out for overhead wires, when around trees. Keep all objects away from power lines. Ladders, antennas and kites are fatal when in contact with a “hot” power line.
- Plant trees away from overhead power lines and underground facilities. Always call 811 before digging for free underground power line locating services.
- Don’t construct anything under overhead power lines.
- Keep a safe distance from overhead lines when using a ladder, pool skimmer or other long object.
- Make sure tools and appliances are approved for “outdoor use” and UL listed.
- Outdoor electrical outlets should have weatherproof covers and GFCIs to protect against shock.
- Stay away from electrified metal fences used to protect property or keep in animals.
Adverse Weather and During Outages
- Keep away from fallen power lines. Call the cooperative at 1-800-562-4953 immediately to report downed lines. This phone number is answered 24-hours-a-day, 7 days a week.
- Never touch a person who is in contact with a live power line
- When you see our crews and equipment along the road, please slow down and proceed with care.
- Never touch any outdoor wires with your body or object.