Summer Electrical Safety Tips
Work Safely Around Electricity
- Look up and around – always be aware of the location of power lines.
- Be especially careful when working near power lines attached to your house. Keep equipment and yourself at least 10 feet from lines.
- Never trim trees near power lines – if you see a tree growing too near power lines, call us at (503) 397-1844 to report it.
- Never climb a utility pole, and never attach anything to a utility pole.
- If your project includes digging, like building a deck or planting a tree, call (800) 332-2344 for underground locates at least two business days before you dig. This service is free, prevents the inconvenience of having utilities interrupted, and can help you avoid serious injury.
- Electricity and water do not mix! If it’s raining or the ground is wet, avoid using electric yard tools.
- Protect outdoor electrical outlets with weatherproof covers and ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs). Indoor outlets near water sources should also have GFCIs.
Play Safely Around Electricity
- Stay away from power lines. Always assume they are “live and dangerous.”
- Never climb trees near power lines.
- Never touch outdoor wires with any part of your body or other objects.
- Fly kites and model airplanes in large open areas like a park or a field, safely away from trees and overhead power lines. If a kite gets stuck in a tree that is near power lines, do not climb up to get it.
- Never go into an electric substation for any reason – even on a dare. Electric substations contain high-voltage equipment, which can kill you. Never rescue a pet that goes inside. Call your local electric utility instead.