Outside Your Home:
- Never touch a downed power line and keep others away too. Notify Tri-County Electric immediately at (800) 522-3315. You should also call your local law enforcement authorities so an officer can guard the line until it is repaired.
- Never touch an overhead line. Keep all ladders, antennas and other objects at least ten feet away.
- Consult a qualified electrician for assistance with your standby generator and notify Tri-County Electric at (800) 522-3315 that you have one installed. View our Generator Safety page.
- Call 811 before you dig.
- Only use weather-resistant extension cords clearly labeled "for outdoor use." Never use a frayed or damaged cord.
- Never use electric tools during storms or soggy conditions.
- Keep an eye on your kids - don't let them climb trees or fly kites near overhead power lines.
Inside Your Home:
- Keep all electrical appliances away from water. Install Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) in areas like bathrooms, where water and electricity could come into contact.
- Childproof your outlets to keep kids safe.
- Disconnect tools and appliances by pulling on the plug, not the cord.
- Discard any electrical item with a frayed cord.
- Don't overload your outlets or extension cords.
- Don't place cords under rugs or carpet, or under the legs of furniture.
- During an electrical storm, do not use appliances or take a bath or shower.
- Keep batteries and flashlights on hand in case of a power outage.
- Use surge protectors on electronic devices and appliances.
- Keep space heaters at least three feet away from any combustible materials like bedding, rugs and furniture. Turn them off when not in use.
Learn More About Electrical Safety
- Electrical Safety Brochure
- Ways to prepare for a power outage
- Connecting your standby generator safely
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