Keeping our customers safe – whether indoors or outdoors – is a top priority for us. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly half of all electrocutions each year are related to consumer products and 9 percent of those are due to power tools. Following a few simple safety tips when dealing with outdoor chores and electrical equipment can keep you and your family safe from harm.
- Check for damaged plugs and wiring before using electrical tools and have a professional make any repairs.
- Ensure any extension cords are marked for outdoor use and rated for the power needs of your tools. Overloaded cords may lead to electric shock and serious injury.
- Wear safety items, including goggles, ear protectors and appropriate clothing, when using electrical equipment.
- Protect all tools and wiring from getting wet.
- Never leave electric tools unattended, especially when children are near.
- Avoid overhead power lines when doing outdoor work, such as cleaning gutters.
- Touching an overhead power line or anything that is touching a power line can lead to serious injury or even death from electric shock.
- Call 811 two working days prior to digging in your yard to locate underground utility lines. State law requires you to call if you’re digging in the ground 16 inches or deeper.