PGE Update: Heading Outside? 8 rules to help keep you safe

By PGE Staff04 PGE Update

Follow these electrical safety guidelines when working or playing outdoors this spring.

  1. Know what’s below: Call 811 before you dig to have underground utility locations marked.
  2. Look up! Check for overhead power lines before moving ladders, extension pruners or other longer tools.
  3. Fly kites, drones and model planes only in open areas away from power lines.
  4. Teach children to stay away from trees near power lines and electric utility equipment such as power poles or ground-level transformer boxes.
  5. Don’t mix water and electricity. Keep electrical equipment away from pools, ponds and standing water.
  6. Use only heavy-duty, grounded, three-pronged extension cords labeled for outdoor use.
  7. Outdoor outlets should have ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) to help prevent electric shock and outlet covers to block water.
  8. Need to prune or remove a tree? If you see a wire in the work area, call our tree hotline at 800-544-1794 to help you assess the safest way to do it..

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