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Electrical Safety

Outdoors

Whether you’re around the pool, doing yard work or building a deck, these electrical safety tips can help keep you and your family safe.

  • Call before you dig. Planting a tree, building a deck or a fence? Contact Ontario One Call to get a free locate so you can dig safely. Remember, you are liable for any damage or injury caused by interfering with any buried infrastructure.
  • Look up! Look out! Trimming trees, cleaning eaves troughs or inspecting a roof can bring you close to overhead powerlines. Be aware of where they cross your yard and keep you and your ladder or pruner at least three (3) metres away. When you move a ladder, always carry it horizontally – not vertically.
  • Power up safely outside. Use extension cords that are rated for outdoor use, and check extension cords and appliance cords regularly – they can become brittle and crack from exposure to the elements. Store them indoors over the winter if you’re not using them. Never remove the third “ground” prong.
  • Water and electricity don’t mix. All outdoor outlets should be equipped with Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI) – especially around the pool. They should have weatherproof covers to prevent moisture from getting in. Remember, poolside is no place for electrical equipment – keep all electronics well back.
  • Hydro poles are for power… period. Do not mount satellite receivers or clotheslines on them, or post any sort of signs or notices on them either.

Safety tips courtesy of the Electrical Safety Authority. Visit their website for more information.