Electrical Safety & Tree Trimming
Willie Wiredhand reminds you that electricity, your most helpful servant, deserves a lot of respect. If not respected, it can be a killer. Please heed the following precautions:
- Look up and live! Consider any overhead line dangerous and keep objects at least ten (10) feet away. It's the law!
- Place plug covers on electrical outlets and make sure cords and appliances are out of children's reach.
- Teach children to recognize “Danger—High Voltage” signs, and to stay away from power lines, substations, and pad-mounted transformers.
- Flying kites and climbing trees must be done away from power lines.
- Do not attempt to raise or move overhead power lines yourself—call MCREA to assist.
- Call before you dig! Click here for more information.
- Never go near a downed power line on foot or in a vehicle. It may still be energized. Click here for more on this from SafeElectricity.org.
- Keep all appliances, especially hair dryers, curling irons, and radios away from bath tubs, sinks, puddles, and wet hands. Always unplug appliances before cleaning.
- Never remove the third prong of a plug-in. It is a ground wire and there for your protection.
For more electric safety information, go to SafeElectricity.org.
Tree trimming is a major expense for your co-op and ultimately for you. Plantings which interfere with overhead or underground electrical service create problems for all concerned. If in doubt, please call first!