Electricity. It keeps the lights on and powers your home and all of the appliances, tools and devices that you use on a daily basis. It’s essential to your daily life. Sometimes it’s easy to take it for granted. Each year, there are approximately 51,000 home electrical fires in the U.S. Fires cause property damage, injuries and approximately 500 unfortunate deaths.
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• Never use an oven to heat your home.
• Know where your home’s circuit panel is and know how to turn off your breakers and main switch.
• If you’re using a generator, follow the manufacturer’s instructions. See safety tips about portable generators.
• Check for overhead powerlines when working outdoors around your house. Remember to keep tall ladders, roofing materials and pruning equipment clear of overhead power lines to avoid a hazardous situation.
• Stay clear of downed powerlines.
• Never climb transmission towers, power poles or substation fences. If a pet is stuck after climbing a power pole, call OCEC at 1-509-996-2228 or call 911.
• Do not sit on the cabinets housing electrical equipment.
• When getting ready to dig, make sure to call 811 — the free “Call Before You Dig” hotline — to avoid potential hazards with striking or digging around underground utilities.
• Plant new trees away from overhead power lines. Tree Trimming Info
• Never climb trees near power lines – even if the power lines are not touching the trees.
• Avoid flying kites, metallic balloons, drones and radio-controlled toys near power lines. If a kite or Mylar balloon drifts near a power line, let it go. Never try to retrieve anything caught in a power line or from a tree located near a power line.
• Do not build playhouses or platforms in trees with nearby power lines.
• Contact OCEC if you suspect your meter appears to show signs of tampering including but not limited to a cut seal, higher than normal usage, extension cords, etc.
• Never install hot tubs, swimming or wading pools underneath or near power lines.