- When doing any sort of yard work, always look up and be aware of the location of any power lines.
- Do not attempt to prune any vegetation growing near or on any overhead power line.
- Only specially-trained line-clearing professionals should work around power lines.
- Call before you dig. When installing fences, digging trenches, installing sprinklers, call Sunshine One Call of Florida at 1-800-432-4770 at least two business days in advance. Utility representatives will come to your site to locate underground equipment or call to inform you that no conflict exists with the dig site. There is no charge for this service. Calling before you dig is good, common "safety" sense and it’s the law.
- After a storm, when there is any chance of downed power lines, stay clear of all standing water.
During any home remodeling projects, make sure only qualified electricians work to ensure new outlets and wiring are up to code.
Check the following eight areas of your home to help make it more electrically safe. Not following these recommendations could lead to an electrical shock, overheating or a fire.
Don't place any electrical appliance near water, such as a sink or bathtub. Appliances that are used near water should be unplugged when not in use. If you have an appliance that has gotten wet, unplug it and don't use it until it has been checked by a qualified repairperson.
If an emergency does occur, please follow these guidelines:
Outdoor (high voltage) electricity
- Contact the police and emergency medical services
- Do NOT touch the person
- Do NOT try to use a tool to free the person
Indoor (low-voltage/100 Volts) electricity
- Contact emergency medical services
- Don't touch anyone who is in contact with an energized circuit
- Switch off power at the fuse or circuit-breaker box, or pull the plug
- Call the electric company if you cannot get the power shut off