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Safety Rules

Always be safe around electricity. Below are important safety rules to follow.

Review these safety rules often. Avoid accidents by treating electricity with care!


Service Drop Safety

Overhead wires enter houses and buildings at places called service drops.

Lines at service drops are covered with weatherproofing, but are not insulated. The weatherproofing material may become brittle and fall off over time.

Stay safe around service drops. Do not touch electrical lines or put up ladders near service drops.


Never Tug a Cord

Disconnect appliances by tugging on the plug. Never tug on the cord.

Even when turned off, appliances plugged into an outlet still have a tiny bit of electricity coming into them. Exercise safety around electrical appliances.


Power Outlet Safety

Keep Fingers AWAY!

• Keep fingers and other objects away from power outlets!
• Avoid touching metal parts of a plug when connecting an appliance.


Keep electricity AWAY from water!

Keep electrical appliances such as hair dryers and radios away from showers, sinks, and bathtubs.

Remember that when you're wet, your body is a good conductor for electricity. Make sure your hands are completely dry before you handle an electrical appliance.


Never overload outlets!

Make sure the outlets in your home are not overloaded with too many plugs.

Overloading outlets could cause a short circuit and possibly a fire.

Appliance cords are covered with insulation to protect you from touching the bare wires inside.

If you spot a cord with frayed or damaged insulation, do not plug it into an outlet. Show the problem to an adult and replace either the cord or the appliance.


Stay away from downed lines!

Storms or accidents can cause power lines to fall to the ground. It's impossible to see whether a wire on the ground is carrying electricity.

Stay away from ANY wire on the ground. If you spot a downed wire, IMMEDIATELY call your local police and power company.

Stay away and keep others from getting near the downed wire until help arrives.


DANGER! High Voltage!

Substations are fenced areas where huge power transformers sit. The electricity inside the transformers is extremely strong and dangerous. Substations are marked with signs that say "DANGER HIGH VOLTAGE" Don't even go near the fence surrounding a substation.

Some power lines are buried underground. They are controlled by a special type of transformer in a large metal cabinet that sits on a concrete pad. This transformer is called a padmount transformer.

Padmount transformers are also marked with "DANGER HIGH VOLTAGE" signs.

Never climb or play around padmount transformers.

Report any broken locks on transformer cabinet doors to the police and power company.

Don't put fingers or other objects through cracks in a padmount transformer.

Don't dig or plant flowers or shrubs near padmount transformers.


Keep everything away from power lines.

Never raise ladders or antennas near power lines.

Keep skimmer poles far away from overhead lines when cleaning swimming pools.

Keep sailboat masts away from power lines.


Safety with Kites and Balloons

Keep kites and balloons FAR AWAY from power lines!

Since overhead power lines are not insulated, a kite or balloon string can conduct electricity and cause severe injury.


Look out for tree limbs that touch power lines.

Tree limbs that grow up into power lines are unsafe. If you climb such a tree, you could get hurt from electrical shock even if the power lines are not on the same limb that you are climbing.

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