The Season For Safety: Fall Electrical Tips

In Texas, we like to label the first “cold” front of the year as a good indicator that fall is just around the corner. The cooler weather means more time for do-it-yourself projects, more time spent outdoors, and more time prepping for holiday decor. With this boost in productivity, it’s easy to overlook crucial safety precautions involving electricity.

Beware low-hanging power lines

Always be aware of your surroundings when using tall equipment or long tools. If you’re using a ladder to climb onto the roof to clean the gutters, or scaling a tree to do some trimming, make sure you steer clear of any overhead cables or wires. The slightest touch of a metal ladder or tool to a high-voltage power line can be deadly. Look up!

Properly store electric equipment

There’s plenty of equipment that becomes virtually useless until spring rolls around again; lawn mowers, edgers, trimmers, etc. Keep the electric ones stored in a safe place and unplug their battery chargers. It’s possible to have too many things plugged in in the garage, as sometimes outlets can get buried by junk. Do a thorough sweep and unplug any unnecessary chargers, extension cords, or tools.

Call before you dig

It may be the best time of year to plant trees and shrubs, but call before you dig! If you’re breaking ground in your yard for any project, alert your city so they can send someone to mark the utilities under your property. Dial 811 at least 48 hours in advance and go from there. The last thing you need is accidentally cutting through a cable with a shovel.

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