Fire Safety – Outdoor Electrical Safety
Be aware that electrical projects come with some potential hazards. As you embark on an electrical project for the exterior of your home, you’ll want to contact a qualified electrician who can safely provide all of the electrical work for you.
Some important safety tips to keep in mind are listed below:
Outside Electrical Work Tips
- Call “Before You Dig” (8-1-1) before any digging on your property. They will mark where your underground utilities are located. It’s a free service
- Have a professional tree cutting service trim branches that might fall on electric wiring. Report downed wires to authorities right away.
- Use extension cords that are listed by a qualified test laboratory and are marked for outdoor use.
- Have a qualified electrician do all electrical work
- To prevent an electrical shock, make sure all of your outside receptacles are GFCI (ground-fault circuit interrupter) protected.
- Do not use extension cords for long-term use.
Equipment Safety Tips
- Use lighting and power tools that are listed by a qualified test laboratory and make sure they are made for outdoor use.
- Store your electrical tools inside.
- Keep electric tools away from children.
- Keep the area around your electric meter and other electrical equipment clear.
- Check lighting and extension cords for damage before using. Replace any damaged cords right away
Before starting any project, be alert of where the power lines are located, and know how high they are hanging. Whether you’re working on the roof, trimming trees, or painting your siding, it’s your job to be aware and to alert others about nearby power lines.
- Locate all overhead power lines.
- Have a professional tree cutting service trim branches that might fall on electric wiring.
- Use a wooden or fiberglass ladder outside.
- Carry ladders and equipment horizontally.
- Keep the ladder at least 10 feet away from power lines.
- Never touch anyone or anything in contact with a downed wire.
- Downed power lines may be live, stay at least 35 feet away.
- Call 911 to report downed wires to authorities right away.