Do you know what time of the year it is? It’s a big one for us: May is National Electrical Safety Month! Safety is a top priority here at Dominion – not only just for our employees, but even more so for YOU! We want to make sure we take the necessary safety precautions in everything we do, so we can keep the power flowing to you safely.
But we also want to help you use electricity safely. Sometimes when we get into a routine, it can be easy to forget to treat electricity with respect. So, I’ve done a little research and compiled some of the best “need to know” electrical safety tips right here just for you. Check them out:
POWER LINE SAFETY
1. Stay away from downed power lines. Always assume they are ENERGIZED and DANGEROUS.
2. Be sure to locate power lines before you begin chores such as cleaning gutters or trimming trees. Keep ladders away from power lines, too.
3. Do not fly kites or toss objects around power lines. It can cause damage to the lines and possibly result in electrocution.
4. If your vehicle comes into contact with power lines, the best thing to do is wait for emergency personnel to arrive.
5. Keep high power water squirters away from power lines. Water conducts electricity and can travel down a stream of water to you.
ELECTRICAL SAFETY AT HOME
1. Be sure to test your GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets once a month to make sure they are working properly.
2. Don’t overload electrical outlets. If your TV picture shrinks or flickers when major appliances are turned on, or if fuses or circuit breakers blow frequently, you should have your circuits and wiring checked.
3. Never unplug or carry anything by its cord. And don’t run cords under carpets or furniture; the cords can overheat and or become frayed.
4. Teach your kids not to poke things into electrical outlets, toasters, or any other appliances, whether they’re on or off. Use plug covers or inserts in all your outlets.
5. Use only appliances and equipment approved by Underwriters Laboratories (look for the UL listing on the label), or other recognized testing laboratories.
I could go on and on about electrical safety, but we’ve got plenty more resources on our web site for you to check out. It really is easy for you to stay safe, just remember that electricity takes the shortest way to the ground and it will go through many different types of objects to get there . . . including you!
Be safe today — and every day!
That’s all from me,