Electricity travels at the speed of light, about 186,000 miles per second. At that speed, you don't get a warning. There is no time to react.
Most people think injuries happen by chance or "accident", a word that implies something that can’t be foreseen or avoided. But electrical injuries can typically be both foreseen and avoided.
If you are using a ladder or erecting scaffolding, always be aware of overhead power lines. Your ladder should be wooden or fiberglass; metal is a good conductor of electricity.
When installing an antenna, position it at least 1.5 times its total length away from power lines and maintain a safe distance of at least 10 feet. If the antenna starts to fall during installation, let it go and stay away.
Ensure your outside receptacles are protected by ground fault circuit interrupters and test them periodically.
Ensure garden tools and appliances have three prong plugs and electrical cords are not frayed.
You should always plant trees away from power lines. A mature tree can grow into power lines and when it’s necessary to prune the tree, it can become a hazard. Learn more about being tree smart by putting the right tree in the right place.
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