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Outdoor Electrical Safety


Safety comes first when you're enjoying the outdoors.

Electricity is such an important part of our lives that we tend to take it for granted, but electricity should always be treated with caution and respect. Black River Electric Cooperative reminds members that prior to any job outdoors, to stop and remember: safety first. If you see any possibility of contact between you and electricity, stop immediately and make alternate plans. You should never take a chance when you deal with the power of electricity. We are pleased to offer electrical safety facts on this page and if you have any questions, please contact Black River Electric Cooperative.

  • Never go near or touch a power line. Always assume a power line is "live" and keep people and pets away from the line.
  • Fly kites, balloons and model airplanes away from power lines. If one gets caught in the lines, leave it alone. Do not try to remove it.
  • Never climb trees, poles or steel towers that are contacting or are near power lines. Such close contact to power lines can be deadly.
  • Don't use indoor lights for outdoor purposes. Make sure the bulbs, wiring and extension cords are designed specifically for outdoor use.
  • Keep all electrical appliances and toys away from water, including lawn sprinklers, swimming pools, hoses, rain, etc.
  • When using a ladder, pool skimmer, water pipes or any tall object--look up! Be aware of power lines overhead that could come in contact with it.
  • Keep electric radios, appliances and wiring for outdoor lighting away from swimming pools. Never touch an electric device when in a pool.
  • Never repair a break in an outdoor extension cord. If the cord is damaged, throw it away and purchase a new cord.
  • Before you dig in your yard, contact your cooperative and any other utility companies. There may be underground wires buried in your yard.
  • If you are planting a new tree, never plant it under or near power lines. Trees will grow up and limbs may interfere with the lines and interrupt service.
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