As the weather continues to warm up, and we begin to spend more time outdoors, it’s a great time to take a refresher course in staying safe around electricity and natural gas – from the power lines in our yards that keep the air conditioners running, to the natural gas we use to fire up the grill. Keep those close to you safe with these tips:
- There’s a lot of fun to be found at the end of a kite string – or on a drone control pad – but flying objects and power lines don’t mix. Those that come into contact with power lines or other electrical equipment can safety hazards that put your life, and the lives of those around you, at risk, so steer clear of the energy grid. Be sure to steer clear of utility poles and power lines – and trees near the energy grid; doing so could save lives.
- Tents are a great reprieve from the hot summer sun, but they also pose a threat to the natural gas lines buried underground if stakes are driven too far into the ground. Whether you’re pitching a tent for a summer wedding, graduation party or backyard barbecue, call MISS DIG Just dial 8-1-1.
- Using an AC wall unit to keep cool? Pay attention to the cord, it’s purposely thicker than most other cords. Avoid electrical fires and overheating by plugging your unit directly into the wall – not an extension cord.
- Millions of Americans will serve a char broiled feast in celebration of warm weather holidays like Father’s Day and 4th of July. If you’re playing grillmaster, remember to turn off the gas supply when not in use.
- In Michigan, you never know when severe weather will hit. High winds and storms can cause trees and tree branches to fall, taking down power lines and causing outages. Wires can be hidden in grass or by other debris, so look up to know what’s down. If you happen to come across a down wire, stay at least 20 feet away from it and report it immediately using the DTE mobile app, DTE website or by calling 1-800-477-4747.
- Uprooted trees can also cause natural gas leaks. Root systems can entangle buried pipelines, and when a tree is blown over, they may damage the pipe, resulting in a gas leak. If you detect a sign of a natural gas leak, such as the smell of rotten eggs, leave the area immediately and call 911 before calling our dedicated natural gas leak hotline at 800.947.5000.