Outdoor Electrical Safety
Electricity is so easy to use that you probably take it for granted. But you might be supervised to learn that each year, electricity-related incidents in and outside the home cause approximately: 300 electrocutions, 12,000 shock and burn injuries, and 150,000 fires. Source: NSC, CPSC and OSHA
- Stay clear of overhead power lines when trimming trees, installing an antenna or siding, painting the house, repairing the roof, cleaning the gutters, or putting up storm windows.
- Survey your work area before swinging a metal ladder into place. A metal ladder is an excellent conductor of electricity. Carry and use ladders and tools well away from all power lines, including the line that connects to your home.
- Survey your site when planning for a swimming pool, garage, shop, or addition - look up!
- Do NOT plant trees under or within 20 feet of power lines.
- Do NOT select a building site under or within 20 feet of a power line.
- Look up first when moving a grain auger or other type of farm equipment that extends in height.
Contact Firelands Electric Co-op before pruning, trimming, or cutting down trees that are near overhead electrical lines.
Before doing any digging, always know what's below!
- Contact the Ohio Utilities Protection Service (OUPS) at least 48 hours BEFORE you dig.
- Dial 8-1-1 or 1-800-362-2764, or go online at www.call811.com before you start any digging project.
For more information about outdoor electrical safety, click here or call our cooperative at 1-800-533-8658.