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Outdoor Safety Do’s and Don’ts

 Outdoor Safety Do’s and Don’ts

DO have ground-fault circuit interrupters and waterproof covers on outdoor outlets.

DO look out for overhead power lines every time you use a ladder or pole. Stay at least 10 feet away from electrical lines.

DO call a professional for help trimming trees near power lines.

DO keep electrical devices and cords away from water.

DO keep children and pets away from padmount transformers. If the door is open or the lock is broken, call Sam Houston Electric Cooperative right away.

DO teach kids to stay far away from substations and explain what the warning signs mean.

DON’T assume the black coating on wires is insulation—it could be just plastic weatherproofing that provides no protection from contact injuries. Assume all power lines are energized!

DON’T let kids climb trees or fly kites near power lines.

DON’T disguise transformers or meters with paint or bushes—they need to be visible for a Sam Houston EC employee to work around them safely or find them quickly in an emergency.

DON’T hang signs on utility poles. Nails, staples and tacks pose a big threat to linemen who must climb the poles.

DON’T tamper with electric meters—it’s dangerous and illegal.