Electric Safety 
Doing it yourself?  Don't forget safety.

As summer approaches, rising temperatures often give rise to home improvement projects. Whether you’re building a new deck, fixing the garage door or planting a tree, electrical safety needs to be at the top of your to-do list.

Before tackling any project, take a few minutes to prepare for the job. Make sure you’ve got the right tools and check cords for any cracks or frayed insulation and proper connections. Take note of potential hazards in the work area such as overhead
power lines, especially those connected to the home. Keep
equipment and yourself at least 10 feet from power lines.

Also, make sure outdoor outlets are equipped with a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) or use a portable GFCI. If it is raining or the ground is wet, do not use electric power or yard tools.

Simple steps like these could save your life. Learn more at SafeElectricity.org.

Copper theft:  gain a buck, lose a life

As the price of copper has increased, so have the number of copper thefts— a crime that creates some serious safety risks.

Thefts from electric utility property, such as substations and power poles, can cause fires, explosions, power outages, and electric shock.

Copper thieves themselves may pay the ultimate price for their actions. Many copper thieves have been killed or seriously burned while trying to steal from high-voltage electric substations or power poles.

You can help stop copper theft. Common targets for copper theft are construction sites, farming equipment, and electric utility property. If you notice suspicious activity around one of these targets, call the police. Learn more at SafeElectricity.org.

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