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
"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.”
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.
climb trees that are near power lines and poles.
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.
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.
climb a power pole.
power lines run through your trees, call Beauregard Electric to get
professional tree trimmers, with proper protective equipment, to trim branches
that power lines and other utilities run underground. Call 811 to have utility
lines marked before you start digging.
that winter clean-up yard work? Sweep dried leaves and debris from outdoor
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.
only weather-resistant, heavy-duty extension cords marked for outdoor use.
not leave power tools or other yard equipment unattended for curious children
or animals to find.