In previous blog posts, we have discussed
electrical safety inside the home. We’ve gone over the importance of not overloading
outlets and extension cords and keeping all electrical devices away from water.
But electrical safety doesn’t end when we step outside the home.
We have to be careful outside as well.
There are electrical hazards outside and at any moment, one of us could
be put in a dangerous situation that increases our risk of
electrocution. That being said, here are 3 electrical dangers that everyone (adults and
children) needs to be aware of:
Danger # 1: Car Accidents
If you’re ever in a car accident that involves a power line, your
first instinct may be to jump out of the car and run away as far as you
can, but that may not be your safest bet. If your vehicle has come into
contact with a power line, it’s safer to stay inside your vehicle
until the utility company or fire department arrive on the scene.
Why? Because, the metal in the car can be energized from the power line.
If you climb outside of your vehicle and touch the metal while your feet
are on the ground, you can get electrocuted. If you have to escape from
the vehicle because of a fire, jump out with your feet together but be
sure to land on both of them at the same time. Do NOT touch the car and
the ground at the same time. Don’t run away, instead hop away from
the vehicle with your feet together.
Danger # 2 Downed Power Lines
If you see a downed power line, your danger signal should go off in your
mind. Why? Because, if you come into contact with a downed power line,
it can seriously injure or kill you. This isn’t limited to power
lines, it includes cable TV and telephone lines as well. They could be
“energized” so avoid them at all costs.
If you observe a downed or low-hanging power line, stay away, keep other
people away and call the utility company or 911. If you see someone come
into contact with such a line, do NOT try to rescue them because it’s
extremely dangerous for you.
Danger # 3 Storms
Heavy wind storms, ice, and snow storms can make electrical lines more
dangerous. If you touch an overhead electrical line during a storm, it
can lead to serious injuries or death. If a storm causes power lines to
fall and loosely hang near the ground, do not touch them!
Contact our Atlanta electrical contractors for all of your electrical needs.