Using it safely outside – Look up and Live
Downed power lines and unsafe use of electricity can cause serious injury. To make sure your family is safe, review basic electrical safety rules each year. Respecting electricity is the best way to prevent injuries and fires.
Keep away from broken or fallen power lines at least 100 feet. Report downed power lines to an adult. Call the police and the electric company immediately, they will tell you when it is safe to play outside again.
Stay away from high voltage areas. Power poles, high voltage towers, transformers, and substations are dangerous. Do not touch the electric meter outside your home.
Call 811 before digging underground in your yard, there could be buried utility lines. Each utility (electric, gas, water, phone, etc.) will come to mark their lines. The “811 Program” is a national safety program.
Avoid power lines. Look up when playing outside. Do not climb trees that have power lines running through them. Keep ladders away from power lines. Never fly kites near power lines and do not attempt to remove a kite tangled in a power line. Do not fly kites in thunderstorms. Keep away from water, especially swimming pools, during thunderstorms. Go inside until the thunderstorm is gone.
In case of electric shock, do not touch the victim until electricity is turned off. If the victim is in contact with electric power lines, the only safe action is to call the power company. If the victim is in contact with a low voltage cord, use a dry rope or stick to remove the cord from the victim. Call 911 and, if necessary, perform CPR. For shock, cover the victim with a jacket or blanket and raise his/her feet.