May is a month to enjoy the flowers, soak up sunshine and cross those final tasks off your spring-cleaning checklist. Some of those jobs might require skills and equipment you don’t often use, so it’s a good time brush up on electrical safety, especially considering it’s National Electrical Safety Month!
If your to-do list takes you out in the yard, up a ladder or over to the power tools, keep these safety tips in mind:
Call 811 before digging. Before your shovel hits the yard, call 811 to have your property marked. This free call will help you avoid contact with underground utility lines and could prevent a costly and dangerous mistake.
Never use electrical cords that are frayed or broken. Regularly inspect cords for damage.
Use only extension cords marked “for outdoor use” when needed for work outside. Once the job is done, store extension cords indoors. Outdoor conditions can cause cords to deteriorate.
Never place a ladder within 10 feet of a power line. As an extra precaution, use a fiberglass or wooden ladder outdoors. Metal ladders conduct electricity.
As you’re safely working through those last spring-cleaning tasks, keep energy efficiency in mind, too! Spending a few minutes now on projects like sealing ducts, caulking around windows, and adding weather-stripping to doors will help save energy – and money – for months to come.
Roanoke Electric Cooperative is committed to the safety of our employees and members. This National Electrical Safety Month, take a minute to brush up your electrical safety knowledge, and share that information with your loved ones. For more safety and energy efficiency tips, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RoanokeElectric.