Electricity is so much a part of our daily lives that it is easy to
forget that it can be dangerous--even deadly. Similar to lightning,
electricity always seeks a path to the ground. If any part of your body
comes in contact with an energized object, like a power line or faulty
cord, you become part of that path.
Kenergy urges you to follow these safety rules and to warn
others, especially children, about the dangers of carelessness around
- Consider all power lines dangerous.
- If power lines are underground, call the cooperative before digging. We will locate and mark the lines.
- Report to Kenergy any potential power line hazards, including trees growing into the lines.
- Never touch a person or object which is in contact with a power line.
- Never touch, kick, pull or attempt to move a fallen or dangling
power line. Notify Kenergy immediately and keep others away from the
- When working outside, stay clear of overhead power lines or exposed wires.
- Check all extension and appliance cords frequently to be sure they are not worn or frayed.
- When purchasing electrical appliances or equipment, always look
for the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) seal of approval and make sure
it applies to the entire appliance, not just the plug or cord.
- Never run electrical cords through a doorway or under carpet. Do not drape cords over heaters, pipes or metal objects.
- Be sure tools and appliances are properly grounded. A three-prong plug used in a two-wire receptacle must have an adapter.
- Install a Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) in bathrooms, kitchens, workshops and outside outlets.
- Handling electric appliances and tools improperly can cause a
fire. Do not let the cord overheat. If it feels extremely warm,
- To prevent overheating, use extension cords large enough to carry the amount of current needed to operate the appliance.
- If you have small children, childproof your home by installing plastic protective caps over electrical outlets.
- Protect your computer and other sensitive electronic equipment
from fluctuations in voltage by installing protection devices. These
range from low-cost voltage regulators to uninterruptible power supply
- Fly kites in open field away from power lines. Do not use wire
or wet string on the kite and never attempt to remove a kite (or any
other object) which is resting on a power line.
- Never pull a plug from an electrical outlet by the cord. Grasp the plug itself and pull it straight out.
- Water conducts electricity. Be careful when using electrical appliances near water.