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Outdoor Electric Safety

Plenty of potential electrical hazards can be found around your property. Please keep the following outdoor electrical safety tips in mind.

Call 811First

If you’re planning a project that involves any type of digging, you are required to call 811 before you dig to have the location of any underground utilities on your property marked. View your state's 811 timelines and requirements

This free service can protect you from unintentionally hitting underground utility lines, which can cause harm to you and those around you, disrupt service to an entire neighborhood and potentially make you liable for fines and repair costs.

Stay Clear of Power Lines

  • Stay as far away as possible from downed wires and fallen trees that could have wires caught in them.
  • Don’t touch anything or anyone that’s touching a downed wire.
  • Assume all wires are energized.
  • Know where power lines are at all times.
  • Contacting an overhead wire with your body or a conductive object like a ladder, pole or roofing material can cause serious injury or death.
  • Accidents can happen even without contact, so always stay as far away as possible.

Maintain Landscaping

  • Avoid planting tall-growing trees under power lines. Trees and tree limbs that interfere with power lines pose a major outage risk during storms.
  • Avoid landscaping around ground mounted utility equipment. During an outage our restoration crews may need to access this equipment.