After the winter,
it's natural to look forward to the
time when we can work and play outdoors.
But please remember to think about
electrical safety when planning those
cleanup, fix-up, and remodeling projects.
Keep clear of power lines.
When power lines are nearby, use wooden
or fiberglass ladders near metal.
Never place a ladder where it can
fall into a power line. Carry ladders
or long handled tools low enough to
avoid coming into contact with overhead
lines. Don't install an antenna where
it might fall and hit a power line.
Keep children's swing sets and tree
houses away from power lines.
Check out your equipment. Keep
all electrical appliances a safe distance
away from water and don't use power
tools when standing in wet areas.
Never use an electric mower when the
grass is wet. Power tools should be
properly grounded, and use only heavy-duty
extension cords rated for outdoor
use. Make sure outdoor electrical
outlets are grounded and have weather
Landscape with care. Call us
before you dig. We can tell you the
location of any underground lines.
Don't plant tall-growing trees under
power lines. If you have a tree with
power lines running through it, don't
climb it or build anything in it.
Call us if the tree needs trimming.
Keep bushy shrubs away from you meter.
Avoid substations and transformers.
Instruct your children to stay away
from utility substation fences and
pad-mounted transformers. If you see
a substation fence or transformer
cabinet that has been vandalized,
call us immediately. Teach children
to look for DANGER signs displayed
on all high voltage equipment.
Leave downed power lines alone.
If you come across a downed power
line, call us immediately. DO NOT
GO NEAR IT. If a power line falls
on your car, stay inside unless the
car catches fire. In such a case,
jump clear of the car without touching
metal and the ground at the same time.
If someone comes in contact with a
live outdoor power line, the only
safe thing to do is call us immediately
so the power can be turned off. NEVER
ATTEMPT TO MOVE THE VICTIM OR THE
Here are some outage and storm
1. While you are waiting for HMLP crews
to arrive, turn off all appliances
that turn on automatically when power
is restored, including refrigerators,
televisions, water pumps and furnaces.
Leave one light on so you will know
when the power is back on. Once power
has been restored, gradually reconnect
appliances and reset clocks and timers.
2. Unplug all unnecessary appliances
and electric equipment such as stereos,
TVs and computers.
3. Avoid opening your refrigerator
or freezer (your food should stay
fresh for at least 24 hours if the
door is seldom opened).
4. To help prepare your family for
power outages caused by storms, make
sure you have the following available:
- Flashlight and batteries
- Battery-powered radio
- Candles and matches
- Extra food and water
- First aid supplies and medicine
- Fire extinguisher
5. Do not plug a backup generator into
an outlet in your home without first
disconnecting from our system. If
you don't, the power from your generator
will flow backwards into our distribution
system and may seriously injure or
kill our linemen.
6. Do not burn charcoal for heat—it
gives off dangerous fumes. In addition,
a fireplace may pull more warm air
from a house than it gives out.
7. Stay tuned to a local radio station
for important information about outages.