Safety Tip of the Month
Be thankful for safety rules. They keep you out of harm's way.
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Renovations & Alterations
- Take care when working around wiring and near power lines.
- Treat all wiring and sockets as live at all times.
- If you’re operating any electrical equipment outdoors, always use an earth leakage circuit breaker or an isolating transformer.
- If you’re using an extension cord, check the cord first to make sure it’s not frayed or cracked.
- Ensure cords are fully unrolled. A rolled up extension cord could heat up when the powers on, causing the insulation to melt and possible catch fire.
- Keep cords out of areas where you’re walking. Never nail or staple them.
- Don’t place cords under carpets or rugs, or rest furniture on top.
Overhead power lines
- If you want to paint or water blast near the power line attached to your home or business, contact MLEC to discuss temporary power disconnection.
- Always look up before extending ladders outside.
- If you get something tangled in a power line, call MLEC to have them remove it. Never try to remove it yourself.
Underground power cables
- If you’re digging in the street or near buildings, always assume power cable will be present. Check for signs of underground electrical wires. If you see the warning flag, contact MLEC immediately. Safety and electric service for yourself and those in your area depend on it.