May 24, 2018

Stay safe in your home, yard and pool with these electrical safety tips

Warmer weather is finally here.

That means we’ll once again crank up air conditioners, float in pools and fire up all kinds of electrical outdoor tools that have been sitting in garages and sheds all winter.

With May being National Electrical Safety Month, PPL is delivering the following tips from Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting electrical safety.

Here are some tips to help you stay safe inside and outside your home this spring and summer:

Air conditioner and fan safety tips:

• Have a qualified, licensed electrician install and service any electrical equipment in your home.
• Make sure your equipment has the label showing that it is listed by a recognized testing laboratory.

Pool and spa safety tips:

• All outdoor receptacles should be covered to keep them dry. This is especially important around pools, spas and other summer water activities.
• Use a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) for electrical devices used outside to help prevent electrocutions and electric shock injuries. Make sure all electrical equipment used for swimming pools (even the cleaning equipment) is grounded.
• Electrical devices and cords should be kept at least 10 feet away from water sources such as pools and spas. When possible, use battery operated electrical devices outside.
• Never handle electrical devices when you are wet – either from water activities or from perspiration.
• Do not swim during a thunderstorm.
• To avoid electric shock drowning, have an electrician inspect and upgrade your pool, spa or hot tub in accordance with applicable local codes and the National Electrical Code.

Outdoor work safety tips:

• Ladders—even those made of wood—that come into contact with a power line can prove fatal. Keep all ladders at least 10 feet away from overhead power lines.
• Unplug outdoor tools and appliances when not in use.
• Inspect power tools and appliances for frayed cords, broken plugs and cracked or broken housing. Repair or replace damaged items.
• Water and electricity do not mix. Avoid damp conditions — including wet grass — when using electricity.

For ESFI’s complete collection of National Electrical Safety Month resources, visit www.esfi.org.