Safety Tips to Avoid Outdoor Electrical Hazards

Electricity powers our lives, but sometimes we forget about the potential danger of outdoor electrical hazards. In honor of Electrical Safety Month, I would like to share some tips to help you avoid power lines and stay safe outdoors.

  • Whether flying a kite, cleaning out the gutters or trimming trees, please remember to look up and watch out for overhead power lines.
  • Carry long or tall items such as ladders or scaffolding parallel to the ground. Before you raise them into the air, make sure they are clear of all power lines.
  • Maintain a distance of at least 10 feet when working below or adjacent to power lines.
  • Never touch a power line with any part of your body or any object.

Please remember to contact Pepco immediately at 1-877-PEPCO-62 if you see a downed wire. You can learn more about electrical safety in your home by visiting http://www.pepco.com/home/education/safety/indoor/.

Mike Nappi
Supervisor, Safety Services

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2 thoughts on “Safety Tips to Avoid Outdoor Electrical Hazards

  1. We need to be careful of electrical hazards whether we are indoor or outdoor, particularly those workers who work in an environment where they have to handle electricity or work on machines operated by electricity. It is sad that still many people die every year because of electrical accidents that could have been avoided.

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