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Electrical Safety Outdoors
When the weather warms up, and life moves outside, it's always a good idea to give additional thought to electrical safety outdoors. The following are some general tips for staying safe electrically in the spring and summer.
NOTE: For your safety, Eastern Maine Electric will install plastic covers for service wires if a homeowner advises the Co-op that he or she will be working near the wires. To request cover-ups, call the Co-op at (800) 696-7444 during regular working hours and speak to the dispatcher at extension 250.
Electrical Safety, Lightning, and Storms
Electrical safety includes being safe from lightning, so here are some things to remember . The weather is most dangerous when a sudden change in temperature is on the way.Â High winds and lightning are one way that storm cells release energy as they move through an area.
What is a safe building?
The safest place to be in a thunderstorm is inside an enclosed building with plumbing and electrical wiring.Â Even then, lightning can still pose a rare threat while you are inside. To maximize safety in a lightning storm,
Caught Without Shelter?
When a lightning storm catches you outside, and there is no time to go to a safe building, you want to make the lowest, smallest, and least conductive target possible for the lightning.
Is it safe to use a phone during a lightning storm?
The conventional wisdom has long said that it is dangerous to use a land line phone during a lightning storm. According to the fact-checking site snopes.com, this is not urban legend.Â One or two people a year are struck by lightning while talking on the phone. Use corded telephones only for emergencies. Cordless and cellular phones are safer.
If you find a downed power line...
Assume that every power line is a live power line, even if there is no sparking, noise, or other sign of voltage.
Sources: the Electrical Safety Foundation International, the National Lightning Safety Institute, the National Weather Service, the New York Department of Health, the Midwest Severe Storm Tracking Response Center, NRECA, and snopes.com.
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