Springtime is a great time for yard work, playing outside and many other outdoor activities.  No matter what’s on your agenda, electrical safety should be an important part of your plans.


Big Horn Rural Electric Company offers some tips to help you play and work safely around electricity when you’re outdoors this spring. Always keep power cords and electrical equipment away from water or other wet areas. Avoid damp conditions – including wet grass – when using electricity.

  1.      *Look up and look out for overhead power lines.
  2.      *Call before you dig--811 in is the only number you need.
  3.      *Keep materials, tools and all parts of your body at least 15 feet away from any overhead power lines at all times, including during the installation of antennas or satellite dishes.
  4.      *Never fly kites or model airplanes near power lines or radio or TV antennas. If your kite does get tangled with overhead lines, don’t try to get it down yourself. Call the utility for assistance. Never use any metallic material in your kite.
  5.      *Before every use, inspect power tools and electric lawn mowers for frayed power cords, broken plugs and weathered or damaged housings. Don’t use damaged equipment until it has been repaired properly. Keep tools unplugged and              stored in dry areas when they are not in use.
  6.      *Before you trim tree limbs and shrubs, watch out for power lines that could be hidden by foliage.  Contact your cooperative if there are concerns about tree limbs growing into or around overhead power lines on your property.
  7.      *Keep vegetation and permanent structures away from the large, green, ground-level boxes that house components of an underground electrical system. Cooperative workers may need to access the underground lines and equipment near        these boxes during unplanned outages and routine maintenance.
  8.      *Always use an insulated extension cord designed for outdoor use with the correct power rating for that equipment.
  9.      *Ladders – even those made of wood – that come into contact with a power line can prove fatal. Keep all ladders at least 10 feet away from overhead power lines.




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