Have a safe Father’s Day

Keep Father’s Day happy by keeping dad safe, even as he tries out his new electric gifts.

Warn your dad that home repairs can be a dangerous undertaking when electricity gets involved, so he needs to use care with electrical equipment and steer clear of power lines.

A bit of common sense and caution while working outside this spring and summer can keep everyone safe. Some tips:

  • A ladder—even a wooden one—can cause a fatal shock if it touches a power line.
  • Inspect power tools and cords for frayed or broken wires and cracked cases before plugging them in.
  • Unplug outdoor tools and appliances when you’re not using them. Store them out of reach of children.
  • Wait for things to dry off before working outdoors after it rains. Even damp grass can be dangerous when using electricity.
  • When carrying ladders, aluminum siding, poles and other long objects, look up! More than 20% of people who die in electricity-related home repair accidents have touched a power line with a ladder or building material.
  • Keep your projects at least 10 feet away from power lines.
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