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Electrical Safety & You

Springtime is often a busy season for working and playing outdoors. Here are a few reminders to help keep you and your family safe:

  • Install landscape lighting along your walkways to add curb appeal and to guide you safely in the dark.
  • Keep yourself, your ladder, and any equipment at least 10 feet from all overhead power lines.
  • Watch for overhead lines when boating, and keep masts, fishing poles, and tall radio antennas clear.
  • In many areas, electricity is carried by a network of underground power lines. To avoid a serious or fatal shock, call the PA One Call System at 1.800.242.1776 before you dig.
  • Use ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) when working outdoors, in the garage, or near water. Portable GFCIs are available.
  • Allow children to climb trees only where there are no overhead lines nearby.
  • Fly kites, balloons, and model airplanes in open areas, far from overhead lines.
  • Keep electrical equipment and appliances away from wet surfaces and swimming pools.
  • Conservation tip: Planting trees that shade your home and air conditioning unit significantly reduces air conditioning costs. The USDA Forest Service reports that trees, properly placed around buildings, can reduce air conditioning needs by [up to] 30 percent.

Have a fun and safe spring season!

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