Stay out of substations
If a ball or toy gets in a substation, children should tell an adult to call the power company. Never try to retrieve toys yourself.
If you see a fallen line, stay far away. The line can be dangerous, even if it’s not sparking. Notify the local electric utility and 911 immediately.
Stay clear of high-voltage towers
Never touch or climb on these towers. Overhead wires and other tower equipment carry very high-voltage electricity that is dangerous to contact.
Always use them when outdoors
GFCIs shut off power to prevent serious shock. GFCI protection is required for outdoor areas, crawl spaces and garages. Portable GFCIs are available.
Don’t dig near them or pry open
Transformers are locked inside sturdy metal cabinets for safety. If you find one unlocked, keep away and call the local electric utility immediately.
Caught in a lightning storm?
Avoid trees and bodies of water. Get into an enclosed vehicle or house. Caught in the open? Squat with feet together, tuck head and cover ears.
Wait in the vehicle for rescuers
If you must leave due to hazards, jump clear of fallen lines. Don’t touch vehicle and ground at the same time. Land with feet together and shuffle away.
Call before you dig
If you hit an underground power line you could be fatally injured. Before digging or moving earth in any way, call your one-call utility locator service.
Work and play safely around trees
Contact your electric utility before trimming trees near overhead power lines. Don’t let kids climb trees near power lines.
Fly them away from power lines
Kites or balloons that contact power lines can cause shock or fire, so keep them away from overhead lines. Keep conductive metal balloons indoors.
Keep your distance!
When carrying and using ladders and other long tools, keep them at least 10 feet away from all overhead lines.
Select tools designed for outdoor use
They should be double insulated or have three-way grounded plugs. Keep power saw, drill, and trimmer cords where they can’t be cut.