Electricity is an essential part of our everyday lives, but it can also pose a significant danger. By following some key electrical safety tips, you can minimize any risk to you and your family.
- Before using a ladder, trimming branches, cleaning gutters, or working on a roof, check for power lines in or near trees.
- When working near power lines, stay a minimum of 25 feet away.
- Keep electrical equipment away from water at all times – never use any electric appliance on a wet surface, while wet, or when standing in water.
- Know what’s below – call 8-1-1 before any digging around your home to find out where underground utility lines are buried.
- Don’t overload electrical outlets with multiple appliances. Use a power strip with an integrated fuse to plug more than two electrical items into one outlet.
- Examine electrical cords and replace or dispose of any that are damaged.
- Keep electric space heaters at least four feet from furniture and drapes.
- Don’t force a plug into an outlet or remove an electrical plug by pulling on the cord.
- Never run a generator indoors, including inside a garage – a generator should always be located outdoors in a well-ventilated area.
- Never go near a fallen power line, as it may be live and extremely dangerous – stay safe and call 1-877-PEPCO-62 to report downed power lines and damage.
Safety is always our top priority. To learn more about how you can help prevent electricity-related accidents, visit pepco.com/safety.