Summer fun, stay safe

Posted on Jul 05 2023 in Bartholomew County REMC
Boy flying kite

Warm, sunny days beckon us all to head outdoors. Bartholomew County REMC recommends that families stress to children the following electrical safety rules for safe outdoor play:

• Never climb trees near power lines. Even if the power lines aren’t touching the tree, they could touch when more weight is added to the branch or the child may be able to grab the line.

• Never pull a limb off a power line; it may be energized even if you see no sparks.

• Fly kites and model airplanes in large open parks or fields, away from trees and overhead power lines. If a kite gets stuck in a tree that’s near power lines or in the power lines, don’t climb up to get it. Call BCREMC for assistance. 

• Never climb a utility pole or tower.

• Don’t play on or around pad-mounted electrical equipment/transformers.

• Stay far away from downed power lines or low wires.

• Don’t play or hang on guy wires.

• Water and electricity never mix! Keep electronics away from pools and hot tubs and watch for overhead power lines when cleaning the pool with a skimmer. Never install pools underneath or near power lines.

• Use GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets outdoors and near pools or hot tubs. GFCIs prevent electrical shock by breaking the circuit when there is a difference in the currents in the hot and neutral wires.

• Never touch an electrical appliance when wet; always dry off completely.

• Never go into an electric substation for any reason. They contain high-voltage equipment, which can kill you. Call BCREMC instead.