In Southeast Michigan, warm weather and yard work go together like a hand and glove – a safety glove of course. For many people, the warmer temperatures signal the return of outdoor chores both on the job and at home.

A focus on electrical safety awareness can help ensure outdoor work doesn’t result in injuries or loss of life. Following a few simple safety rules for electric power tools can help you mow down the risks of electricity related mishaps:

  • Water and electricity do not mix. If it’s damp out, save outdoor chores for another day.
  • If working in damp conditions is unavoidable, be sure to check your feet before plugging in power tools. Make sure you’re not standing in puddles or wet grass when you use them. Wait for those areas to dry out.
  • Using a ladder? Remember to keep all ladders at least 20 feet away from overhead power lines.
  • Unplug outdoor tools and appliances when not in use and before cleaning, adjusting, or repairing.
  • Inspect power tools and appliances for frayed cords, broken plugs and cracked or broken housing. Repair or replace damaged items.I
  • Be sure outdoor outlets have GFCIs (ground fault circuit interrupters) to prevent serious shock injuries.
  • Whether you’re digging for a new fence or just planting a tree, dial 811 or visit missdig.org to have MISS DIG flag your property for utility lines.

Reduce electrical risks with these tips from DTE Energy and the Electrical Safety Foundation International.

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