Electric Safety Tips

Electric safety tips for inside your home
  • Know where your home's circuit panel is and how to turn off your breakers and main switch.
  • Never use an oven to heat your home.
  • If using a generator, follow the manufacturer’s instructions. See safety tips about portable generators.
  • When working outdoors around your house, check for overhead power lines. Remember to keep tall ladders, roofing materials and pruning equipment clear of overhead power lines to avoid a hazardous situation.
  • Stay clear of downed power lines.
  • Never climb transmission towers, power poles or substation fences. If a pet is stuck after climbing a power pole, call PSE at 1-888-225-5773 or call 911.
  • Do not sit on the green cabinets housing electrical equipment that are on the street.
  • When getting ready to dig, make sure to call 811 — the free “Call Before You Dig” hotline — to avoid potential hazards with striking or digging around underground utilities.
  • Plant new trees away from overhead power lines.
  • Never climb trees near power lines even if the power lines are not touching the trees.
  • Avoid flying kites, metallic balloons and radio-controlled toys near power lines. If a kite or Mylar balloon drifts near a power line, let it go. Never try to retrieve anything caught in a power line or from a tree located near a power line.
  • Do not build playhouses or platforms in trees with nearby power lines.
  • Never install hot tubs, swimming or wading pools underneath or near power lines.