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Stay Safe While Prepping For Summertime Fun

June 14, 2017

June kicks off summer. June also signals National Safety Month and the official start of home improvement season.

“Do-it-yourselfers” will be busy getting their yards ready for summertime fun, but ComEd wants to remind everyone to never be too busy to practice safety around power lines.

This month, ComEd is launching its public awareness campaign entitled “One Line You Should Never Cross,” about the dangers of overhead power lines. This campaign targets those who work around electrical equipment or on outdoor home improvement projects that may bring these do-it-yourselfers close to overhead power lines.

When working on home improvement projects, ComEd offers the following safety tips:

  • Keep ladders and other tools at least 10 feet from overhead power lines. Contact with a power line can cause serious burns or electrocution.
  • Keep electric tools and appliances away from wet surfaces including pools and patios.
  • Call 811 to locate gas, electric, and telephone lines before you dig whether you are planting a tree building a fence or laying foundation.  Contacting a line with a shovel or pick can damage power lines — and injure or kill.
  • Never try to trim trees that are located near power lines without taking necessary precautions first. Contact ComEd for assistance; we’ll be happy to identify the different power lines and advise as to the safest way to achieve your tree trimming goals.

For more safety information, visit ComEd.com/safety.