Summer Safety Tips
If you'll be using tools with extension cords, check that the rating on the cord is the same wattage as that of the tool you'll plug into it. Be sure your cord is approved to use outdoors. Remember, extension cords are for temporary use only and should be unplugged when not in use.
Here are some other things to keep in mind this summer:
- Never use electric-powered lawn mowers and yard tools in the rain or when conditions are wet. Every time you use your mower or power tools, be sure to check for broken plugs or housing or frayed cords. If you find any damage, repair the appliance or replace it before using.
- When you unplug an appliance, pull the plug, not the cord. Never carry the appliance by the cord.
- Turn off your appliances during a thunderstorm. If the TV is on, stay a safe distance away in case lightning strikes. A battery-powered radio is a good choice for weather information.
- If you're planning a landscaping or other home improvement project, contact Kentucky 811 by dialing '811' at least two business days before you dig. An inspector will visit your home to mark all your underground utility lines.
- Avoid cutting power cords while you're trimming hedges or mowing. Start cutting in the area nearest the electrical outlet and work away from it so the cord will be behind you.
- Outdoor lights, motors and metal swimming pools must be grounded to protect your family from electrical shock. Choose a licensed electrical contractor for the job.
Remember, summer increases your home's demand for electricity for air conditioning, tools and pools. If your home is at least 40 years old, schedule an electrical inspection. This is also a good idea for homes that have had major renovations.