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Duke Energy gives tips in support of Electrical Safety Month

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

PLAINFIELD -- May is National Electrical Safety Month and Duke Energy recently announced it wanted to remind all to place an emphasis on safety when dealing with electricity in the home or around power lines.

While power lines are built with safety in mind, children and adults sometimes don't know or understand that they should always use caution when near utility electrical equipment.

The following tips are good reminders to ensure everyone's safety:

* Don't go near a fallen power line and always call 1-800-343-3525 to report a line that is down,

* Don't touch anything that may come in contact with a power line such as a kite string, tree, ladder or pole,

* Don't build tree house in trees near electric lines,

* Don't allow children to climb trees near power lines,

* Teach children to get help from adults if they need to retrieve anything from a power line or if they discover damaged or downed lines,

* Keep electric power tools away from swimming pools and sprinklers,

* Use plastic outlet caps if young children are in the home,

* Teach children to stay away from electric substations or ground-mounted equipment, and

* Aluminum is an excellent conductor so always stay away from overhead lines when using an aluminum ladder.

The Electrical Safety Foundation International sponsors National Electrical Safety Month each May.

This year, the foundation is encouraging consumers to avoid using counterfeit or substandard electrical products that present a safety hazard.

To learn more about the Electrical Safety Foundation International's program, log on to http:esfi.org/.



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