Electricity is so easy to use that many take it for granted, often forgetting just how dangerous it can be if used improperly. In fact, each year there are more than 50,000 home electrical fires, resulting in roughly 500 deaths and 1,400 injuries. Source: CPSC, ESFI, and NFPA
KEEP CLEAR OF POWER LINES
- 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. Always 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 YOU DIG, ALWAYS KNOW WHAT IS 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.
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