Electric safety tips
- 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.