Working Outside

Most outdoor electrical accidents result from contact with overhead electric conductors. Here are some tips:

  • One more time: Look up. You don’t actually have to touch a wire to get shocked by an overhead line. Electricity can jump to a good conductor, such as a metal ladder, if it gets too close to an energized wire.
  • Always keep yourself and metal objects at least 10 feet away from power lines.
  • Always use grounded, three-prong extension cords outside.
  • Ground fault interrupters (GFIs) are a good investment for all outdoor circuits.
  • If you plan to dig more than 12 inches underground, call the Oregon Utility Notification Center by dialing 811. This free service, funded by HREC and other utilities, locates underground utilities prior to your digging.