Stay safe when working around electricity inside or outside your home, using a generator, or heating your home on cold days.
- 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.
- 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 at 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 Kids Outlet for more safety tips.
- If you are planning to dig in an area that may have underground power lines, call Nebraska811 at 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- You are required to notify LES of your generator installation so LES can approve the final wiring before you put the generator into service. Access the requirements, agreement and application.
- 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.
- 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.
Families looking for fun summer activities may consider purchasing a backyard pool. Pool safety is important to ensuring a fun experience for the entire family. An important, but sometimes overlooked aspect of pool safety, is considering power lines before investing in a pool.
If installing an in-ground or above-ground pool, take these steps to ensure your safety and compliance with electrical codes:
- Call 8-1-1
Before adding a backyard pool – or digging – call 8-1-1 to have all below-ground utility lines marked. Even if your pool is above ground and won’t require digging, knowing where those lines are located will allow you to place your pool at least 5 feet away from them. Failing to do so would violate electrical codes and could represent a safety hazard for your family or crews and could impact LES' ability to access lines in the case of an outage.
- Look up
If your electrical lines are overhead, avoid placing your pool near those lines. Clearance requirements of 22 feet exist in part to protect family members from accidentally touching a power line with a skimmer pole. If a strong storm would cause overhead lines to be damaged, having your pool located 22 feet away also would help keep utility crews safe when restoring power.
- Contact LES
If you are purchasing a pool but are unsure if you are meeting safety codes, you can always contact a licensed electrician or LES to verify. Simply email email@example.com or call 402-475-4211.
- General pool safety
In addition to electrical safety, there are other city codes and water safety guidelines to be aware of. Visit the Safe Kids Lincoln-Lancaster website for more information about how to keep your family safe and happy this summer.