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:
- A ladder — even a wooden one — can cause a fatal shock if it touches a power line.
- Inspect power tools and cords for frayed or broken wires and cracked cases before plugging them in.
- Unplug outdoor tools and appliances when you’re not using them. Store them out of the reach of children.
- Wait for things to dry off before working outdoors after it rains. Even damp grass can be dangerous when using electricity.
- When carrying ladders, aluminum siding, 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.
- Keep your projects at least 10 feet away from power lines.