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.