Make electrical safety second nature
You likely do a lot in the name of safety.
Hopefully, you wear seat belts and bike helmets. You might learn to swim. You obey the speed limit and look both ways before crossing the street, just to name a few.
In many cases, those safety habits are second nature. PPL Electric Utilities wants electrical safety to be second nature to you as well. We're serious about electrical safety and we want you to be too.
If you've ever experienced an electrical shock while doing work at home or on the job, and weren't seriously injured, consider yourself lucky. You could have been killed because even a small amount of electric current can have deadly consequences.
Stop to think about what you are doing. Think of what could go wrong and plan to help prevent it.
Here's an example. You rent a gas-powered auger to dig fence post holes on your property, but don't take the time to call PA One Call at "811" at least three business days in advance as required. One Call is a free service that alerts utilities like us so we can mark the presence of our underground lines before you start work.
You and your neighbor are making great progress, until you hit an underground electric line. At that moment, it's too late to turn back the clock.
In another scenario, you might be putting in a new light fixture. You're already up on the ladder when you remember you forgot to turn off the power at the circuit breaker panel in the basement. Do you get off the ladder and turn off the power, or do you take a chance?
Electrical safety is important for all ages, circumstances and occupations. Whether you're a child flying a kite or a homeowner tackling a weekend project, it pays to raise your electrical safety I.Q. If you're a contractor or a first responder, be sure to know what to do and what not to do in various situations.
If you're in search of electrical safety information, good sources include www.pplelectric.com/safety where there are resources for students, parents, teachers, contractors and first responders. Also be sure to check the monthly Connect customer newsletter that comes with your bill.
May is National Electrical Safety Month, a good time to get reacquainted with good electrical safety habits.
We want you to think about electrical safety as if your life depends on it - because it does.
(Teri MacBride is regional community relations director for PPL Corp.)