My Safety

Safety First

Electricity is an ever-present part of our lives that must be treated with respect. Be sure you practice safety precautions and teach others in your family, especially your children, to do the same.

Power Lines

  • Treat every wire as if it were “LIVE” and “Dangerous.” Never assume a line is “dead”.
  • Don’t raise any tall objects without looking up. A ladder, antenna, piece of pipe, even wood, can be deadly if contact is made with an electric line.
  • When installing any radio or television antenna, position it away from power lines. A safe distance is twice the height of the antenna and mast assembly.
  • Work only in dry weather and never on a windy day. If an antenna does start to fall, let it go and stay clear. Don’t touch it until you’re sure it’s not touching any wires.
  • Don’t load or unload trucks beneath or near power lines.
  • Call us before you try to trim any trees near power lines. Do not plant trees under power lines.
  • Never fly kites or model airplanes near power lines. If one is caught in a line or nearby tree, leave it alone.
  • If a power line hits your car while you’re in it, stay inside the car and wait for help to arrive. If the car catches fire, jump clear without touching metal and the ground at the same time.
Duck River technicians fixing a fallen power line

Power Lines

  • Treat every wire as if it were “LIVE” and “Dangerous.” Never assume a line is “dead”.
  • Don’t raise any tall objects without looking up. A ladder, antenna, piece of pipe, even wood, can be deadly if contact is made with an electric line.
  • When installing any radio or television antenna, position it away from power lines. A safe distance is twice the height of the antenna and mast assembly.
  • Work only in dry weather and never on a windy day. If an antenna does start to fall, let it go and stay clear. Don’t touch it until you’re sure it’s not touching any wires.
  • Don’t load or unload trucks beneath or near power lines.
  • Call us before you try to trim any trees near power lines. Do not plant trees under power lines.
  • Never fly kites or model airplanes near power lines. If one is caught in a line or nearby tree, leave it alone.
  • If a power line hits your car while you’re in it, stay inside the car and wait for help to arrive. If the car catches fire, jump clear without touching metal and the ground at the same time.
Duck River technicians fixing a fallen power line

Electric Appliances

  • Always unplug small electrical appliances after using them. Even when the switch says “off”, power is still present, and appliances can electrocute you if they contact water.
  • Never use an electrical appliance near a tub or sink. If an appliance falls into water, do NOT reach for it. Immediately unplug it from the wall outlet.
  • Make sure appliances and extension cords are NOT frayed. Replace them – do NOT patch.
  • Do NOT run cords behind radiators, under carpets, through doorways, around pipes, or near metal objects
  • Do NOT plug too many appliances into one socket. Wires may overheat, destroy insulation, and cause a fire.
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