Power Line Safety
Energy provided by electric utilities is an essential part of everyday lives. The same power used to make life easier can be dangerous. Remember to take caution around electricity.
Don’t Touch. Never touch a downed power line or any object that may be touching a downed wire. The power line still may be energized.
Look Up. Know where overhead power lines are and keep a safe distance away when working with ladders or installing objects such as antennas.
Leave The Removal To SWCE. If objects like kites get stuck on the power lines, call SWCE and let us remove the object.
Stay Away. After storms a damaged power line may be in a weaken condition that is a hazard in more ways than one. Never assume the power line is de-energized and be aware the power line may have been physically damaged. Call SWCE for the safe removal of trees leaning on the power line.
If you or someone else does come into contact with an energized power line, call 911 immediately. Do not attempt to touch the person or object that may be in contact with the electrical line. Don’t rely on rubber boots, wooden objects or rubber gloves to keep you safe when touching a power line.
Safety Tips For Your Home
Electricity inside your home is no less dangerous than the electricity flowing on power lines. Follow these safety tips.
- Insert safety caps in outlets when children are around.
- Make sure to plug in appliances into GFCI outlets when used around wet or damp areas, (ie. bathrooms).
- Never use a frayed or damaged extension cord.
- Never overload an electrical outlet.
- Check the rating of the extension cord if using it outside. Not all extension cords are rated for outside use.
Kids and Electricity
SWCE has educated hundreds of children on the importance of electrical safety in and around the home. SWCE has provided electrical safety demonstration at FarmAmerica, in classrooms and for different organizations. If your group is interested in a safety demonstration for your next event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 507-451-7340.
Other kid friendly safety resources include the Kid Energy Zone and Brighter Kids website. Both of these sites provided an interactive and fun way to learn more about electricity. Check out these websites under Quick Links.