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/.
Supervisor, Safety Services