#PSEGTips: Outdoor Summer Safety

10 Outdoor Summer Safety Tips:

Summer is a great time to get outside and enjoy warm weather activities. Whether you’re hiking, swimming or grilling, keep you and your loved ones safe by following these 10 summer safety tips!

1

Call 811 before you dig! If you’re planning any outdoor projects that require digging, it’s important to call for a mark out of underground facilities, such as gas and electric lines, at least 3 full business days (not counting weekends or holidays) beforehand.

2

Look up! When working in the yard, check before lifting ladders or other long-handled tools that could come into contact with electric lines.

3

In the mood to fly a kite? Go to a beach or park! Instead of flying it in the middle of the street or near your home, fly it in an open area where it cannot easily become tangled in power lines.

4

Children have a natural inclination to climb trees. Make sure they don’t climb trees that are near or touching power lines. They can accidentally knock down braches and wires along with them, putting your child in danger, as well as anyone in the area. To report any tree limbs near power lines, call PSE&G at 1-800-436-PSEG (7734). The utility will send a tree-trimming crew qualified to work around high-voltage areas.

5

Prevent electrocutions and electric shock injuries near pools. Make sure all electrical equipment used for swimming pools, including the cleaning equipment, is grounded by using ground fault circuit interrupters (GCFIs). Portable GFCIs require no tools to install and are available at prices ranging from $12 to $30.

6

Celebrating with balloons? Prevent metallic helium balloons from floating into power lines by making sure they are weighed down.

7

There is nothing like an afternoon BBQ in the backyard. Keep your grill a good distance away from your home, deck railings and out from under eaves/overhanging branches to avoid causing a fire. Never leave it unattended.

8

Extension cords are okay for temporary solutions like connecting speakers to entertain guests, but don’t leave them out like this 24/7. Always make sure they are designated for outdoor use.

9

Never take a chance on lightning! If you’re ever in a pool or outside when a storm is brewing, head indoors as quickly as possible.

10

Powerful summer storms can sometimes take down power lines. Remember that fixing power lines is not a DIY job and requires a professional. Never touch or go near them – and immediately call 1-800-436-PSEG (7734) for assistance.

To learn more about potential electrical hazards and how to use electricity safely, visit the Electrical Safety Foundation International’s website at http://www.esfi.org.