When working outside this summer …

Posted on Jun 06 2020 in Heartland REMC
Man on a ladder
When working on a ladder, be safe and stay away from power lines.

It’s Father’s Day, Dad, and you’re probably itching to get outside and use those new power tools you just unwrapped. But beware: Home repairs can be a dangerous undertaking when electricity is involved. So, use care with electrical equipment and steer clear of power lines.

Use common sense and a bit of caution when you’re working outside this summer. Some tips:

  1. A ladder — even a wooden one — can cause a fatal shock if it touches a power line.
  2. Inspect power tools and cords for frayed or broken wires and cracked cases before plugging them in. 
  3. Unplug outdoor tools and appliances when you’re not using them. Store them out of the reach of children.
  4. Wait for things to dry off before working outdoors after it rains. Even damp grass can be dangerous when using electricity.
  5. When carrying ladders, aluminum iding, poles and other long objects, look up! More than 20 percent of people who die in electricity-related home repair accidents have touched a power line with a ladder or building material.
  6. Keep your projects at least 10 feet away from power lines.