Stay safe in the great outdoors

Posted on May 26 2023 in Features
Family outdoors

As the temperature rises, so does the opportunity to explore and enjoy your surroundings. Here are five ways to help protect you and your family as you work and play outside this summer. 

Pools and electricity don’t mix

Planning to take a dip in the pool? Electrical devices, such as stereos, should be kept at least 10 feet away from water sources, and outdoor electrical outlets should always be covered. If you hear thunder, exit the pool right away. 

Play it smart

Children should never climb trees near power lines — always assume a wire is live. Fly kites and remote-controlled airplanes in large open areas, away from overhead lines. 

Use the right cords outside

Indoor extension cords are not designed to handle elements like water and heat, so make sure that you only use cords that are manufactured specifically for outdoor use.

Watch your ladder

If you’re outdoors working around your home and using a metal ladder, pay attention to where you place it. Before you start any project, always look up, and keep a minimum of 10 feet between your ladder and overhead power lines. 

Find shelter in a storm

Summer storms can be dangerous, so if you find yourself outdoors during a storm, move toward a shelter with covered sides, and stick to low-lying ground if possible.