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Electrical Safety

Be Safe With Electricity

Electricity provides many conveniences as well as powering industry.  Sometimes people forget that electricity can be dangerous – even deadly.  If you touch equipment that is in contact with a power line, electricity could instantly pass through you causing a potentially fatal shock.  By using the safety guidelines below, you can avoid accidents and enjoy the many benefits of electricity.

Keep Your Distance

Never place yourself or an object (crane, ladder, pole, antennas, or other equipment) within ten feet of a high voltage power line.  Also:

  • Never climb trees near power lines
  • Never climb utility poles or towers
  • Stay away from electric substation equipment
  • Don’t fly kites or model airplanes near power lines.  If they get entangled, they could become a conductor of electricity

Keep Calm

If your equipment or vehicle comes in contact with a power line, don’t panic.  Stay in your vehicle unless there is danger of fire or other danger.  Wait for help.

If you must leave your vehicle, jump as far away from the vehicle and be sure that no part of your body touches the ground and the vehicle at the same time.  Stay away from the vehicle until emergency personnel say it’s safe.

Respect All Downed Lines

Stay away from all downed lines and call NU immediately at 423-625-2810.  Assume any downed line is energized and never touch or move a downed line.  Do not attempt to rescue someone who is in contact with a downed line.  Wait on emergency personnel.

Other Important Safety Tips

  • Never use an electric appliance in the tub, shower or when standing on a wet surface.
  • Never touch an electric cord or appliance while your hands are wet.
  • Don’t overload electric outlets with too many plugs.
  • Avoid using extension cords, especially to connect a light or appliance permanently.
  • If you have small children, cover all outlets with plastic safety caps.
  • Never insert a metal object into a toaster or other appliance.
  • When replacing a burned-out fuse in your home’s service panel, open the power switch first.  Restore power after installing a new fuse of the correct rating.

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