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Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when dealing with
electricity.

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  • Assume that all overhead wires are energized at lethal voltages. Never assume that a wire is safe to touch even if it is down or appears to be insulated.
  • Never touch a fallen overhead power line. Call the electric utility company and or 911 to report fallen electrical lines.
  • Stay at least 10 feet (3 meters) away from overhead wires. If working at heights or handling long objects, survey the area before starting work for the presence of overhead wires.
  • If an overhead wire falls across your vehicle while you are driving, stay inside the vehicle and continue to drive away from the line. If the engine stalls, do not leave your vehicle. Warn people not to touch the vehicle or the wire. Call or ask someone to call the local electric utility company and emergency services.
  • Never operate electrical equipment while you are standing in water.
  • Never repair electrical cords or equipment unless qualified and authorized.
  • Have a qualified electrician inspect electrical equipment that has gotten wet before energizing it.
  • Before working in damp locations, inspect electric cords and equipment to ensure that they are in goodcondition and free of defects, and use a groundā€fault circuit interrupter (GFCI).
  • Always use caution when working near electricity.

 

 

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