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Electric Safety


Safety Outdoors

  • When working with a metal ladder, watch where the ladder's top end goes. Position and move the ladder carefully, making sure that it is set securely away from power lines.
  • Don't climb any tree or let children climb any tree that has power lines in or near it.
  • For outdoor lighting and wiring, use only weather-proofed fixtures. Outside wiring and outlets should have special protection against moisture.

Diggers Hotline

Before beginning any project that requires you to dig into the ground, such as building a deck or planting a tree, call the Diggers Hotline to have underground utility lines located and marked.

Call Before You Dig . . . It's The Law
Nebraska (statewide): 1-800-331-5666
Metro Omaha: 402-344-3565

Iowa (statewide): 1-800-292-8989
or 811 nationwide.

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Indoor Electric Safety

Electricity travels in a path called a circuit. Your house is part of a circuit that begins at a power plant. When you flick a switch to turn on a light or start an appliance, you complete the circuit.

Electricity will not leave the circuit unless it can find an easier path to the ground. If you touch an energized wire or faulty appliance while you are grounded, the electricity will pass through you to the ground, causing a shock that can be fatal. Following a few simple safety rules can prevent injury:

  • Check outlets and extension cords to make sure they aren't overloaded.
  • Examine electrical cords to make sure they aren't frayed, damaged or placed under rugs or carpets.
  • Make sure that the proper wattage light bulbs are being used in light fixtures.


  • Keep all electrical products and cords away from water. Consider installing ground fault circuit interrupters on outlets near water. Never reach into water to get an appliance that has fallen in without first unplugging the appliance.
  • To avoid electric shock or damage to sensitive electronic equipment during a storm, unplug appliances before the storm hits, or install surge protection equipment.
  • Test smoke detectors periodically.


  • Put safety covers on all wall outlets.
  • Keep electrical cords out of reach and out of sight to avoid children or pets.

Fuses and Circuit Breakers

  • Never replace a fuse or circuit breaker with one that exceeds the amperage rating for a given circuit.
  • Avoid using several high-amperage appliances, such as microwaves, toasters, irons or other heat-producing appliances, on the same circuit.

Power Tools

  • Use power tools outdoors only in dry weather. Stand on dry surfaces and use only dry materials.
  • Tools should be properly grounded wherever you use them. Consider purchasing a ground fault circuit interrupter.
  • Be sure all cords and plugs are in good condition.

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