Safety

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Stay safe when working around electricity inside or outside your home, using a generator, or heating your home on cold days.

Indoor safety

  • Always verify your appliances carry the Underwriters Laboratories seal of approval.
  • Never touch an appliance and a water faucet at the same time.
  • Never use any electrical appliance while standing on a wet floor.
  • Unplug any appliance that sparks, smokes or suddenly stops running.
  • Unplug appliances when not in use.
  • Insert plastic plugs in unused outlets.
  • Remove plugs from wall outlets by pulling on the plug, not the cord.
  • Inspect all electrical cords for wear or broken insulation, especially near plugs.

Outdoor safety

  • View a video about safety around power lines.
  • Never climb in trees or build tree houses near overhead power lines.
  • Don’t fly kites or model airplanes near overhead power lines.
  • Never remove a kite or airplane that gets entangled in overhead power lines, on a pole or in a tree near power lines. Call LES PowerLine (1-888-365-2412) for removal.
  • Teach kids to stay away from electric utility facilities and not to climb fences around these facilities. Visit our e-SMARTkid site for more safety tips.
  • If you are planning to dig in an area that may have underground power lines, call Nebraska811 (811 or 1-800-331-5666) so the location of the buried power lines can be marked for you. You also can request locates online here.
  • Keep ladders, antennas, kites and poles away from the power lines leading to the house.
  • If a power line hits your car, stay inside unless the car catches fire. Then, jump clear without touching the car and ground at the same time.

Generators

  • Connecting a generator properly to your home or building is very critical. Doing it incorrectly is dangerous and can be deadly to you and the line worker who restores your power. The only safe – and legal – way to connect your generator is through a properly installed “double throw switch.” Contact an electrician to learn more.
  • Read all operating instructions and manufacturer warnings before using the equipment. If the information is unclear, contact the manufacturer or dealer.
  • Connect only those appliances needed during an outage directly into the generator.
  • Your city or county building department must inspect any generator that is permanently installed.
  • Never use gas-powered generators indoors or in an enclosed area.
  • Never operate a generator while standing in water.

Fire safety

  • If an electrical fire starts at a wall outlet, dial 911 to report the emergency. Give your address and tell them it’s an electrical fire.
  • If the fire is small, use your home CO2 fire extinguisher. Never put water on an electrical fire.
  • If you’re in doubt, get out and take everyone with you.