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Stay Alert During Outdoor Work and Play - 3/10/2015 -

BECi Reminds Members to Look Up and Stay Alert
During Outdoor Work and Play

As the weather begins to warm up, kids and adults alike will soon head outside to perform winter clean-up and play. Before you do, BECi would like to remind you to look up and be alert for power lines and other electrical hazards, the best way to stay safe from electrocution and even death.

"At Beauregard Electric, using proper procedures and safety measures is a matter of life and death,” explains Eddie Hanks, Safety and Training Coordinator. "We take safety seriously at home, too. Accidents happen, but if we educate ourselves and our children, we can keep them to a minimum.”

For kids

· Never fly a kite on a rainy day or anywhere but an open space. A high point in the sky makes a kite a grounding point for lightning, and kites could easily become entangled in power lines.

· Don’t climb trees that are near power lines and poles.

· Stay far away from power lines lying on the ground. You cannot tell if electricity is still flowing through them. If there is water nearby, do not go near it. Water is the best conductor of electricity.

· Obey signs that say "danger” and "keep out” around large electrical equipment, like substations. These signs are not warnings; they are commands to keep you safe.

· Never climb a power pole.

For adults

· If power lines run through your trees, call Beauregard Electric to get professional tree trimmers, with proper protective equipment, to trim branches safely.

· Remember that power lines and other utilities run underground. Call 811 to have utility lines marked before you start digging.

· Starting that winter clean-up yard work? Sweep dried leaves and debris from outdoor receptacles.

· Consider upgrading your outdoor receptacles, or any outlets that could come in contact with water, to ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs). GFCIs immediately interrupt power flow when a plugged-in      device comes in contact with water. Regardless, keep your outdoor outlets and cords dry and covered.

· Use only weather-resistant, heavy-duty extension cords marked for outdoor use.

· Do not leave power tools or other yard equipment unattended for curious children or animals to find.


 

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