Outdoor Safety

  • When working outside, such as working from a ladder, pruning trees, or working on the roof, beware of overhead power lines.
  • Before you dig, make sure there are no underground power lines in the area. Call Tennessee One Call at 1-800-351-1111.
  • All outdoor electrical outlets should be Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) protected.
  • Inspect all extension cords and power tool cords for cracked or frayed areas before beginning work outside.
  • Never use electrically operated power tools in the rain or wet conditions.
  • Do not allow children to fly kites around power lines. Electricity can travel through the kites' string. Keep your child safe by flying kites in an open area.
  • Never touch a fallen power line. Always assume it is an energized line and immediately call your local power distributor.
  • Teach children to recognize and stay clear of potentially dangerous electrical hazards outside your home, such as utility poles, guide wires, and transformer enclosures.
  • When using lighted holiday decorations, make sure they are suitable for outdoor use and take time to inspect all electrical connections and cords for damage.
  • In the event of lightning, seek shelter immediately. Never stand under a tree, tall objects, or go near water. Lightning can strike anywhere.