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Use Caution With Power Tools

As you head outdoors this spring to tackle the major projects that have awaited you all winter, keep electrical safety in mind. Power tools make outdoor projects much easier to complete; however, as with any electrical device, they can be very dangerous if used without caution. We encourage you to take electrical safety to heart as you head outside.
• Inspect power tools and electric lawn mowers before each use for frayed power cords, broken plugs, and cracked or broken housings. If the product is damaged, stop using it and have it repaired or replaced.
• Pay attention to warning markings on electric tools and appliances. Do not allow tools to get wet. When using tools or extension cords outside, make sure they are marked for outdoor use.
• Unplug all portable power tools when not in use. Power tools may contain internal parts that remain electrically charged while still plugged in, even though the tool is turned off.
• Use and store power tools away from water sources to help avoid electric shock. Never use electrically operated power tools in the rain.
• Have a qualified electrician install Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) receptacles in outdoor outlets. After installation, test your GFCI monthly.
• Metal ladders conduct electricity. Watch out for electrical power lines and other overhead wires.
• It’s also critical to watch out for nearby power lines when you prune trees, clean a swimming pool, install or remove an antenna, work on a roof, or carry long tools or pipes.

 

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