National Grid Safety Tips For Those Who Work, Play Outdoors

Exercise caution when working, playing around electric equipment

With spring in full swing and people spending more time outdoors, National Grid reminds customers to exercise caution when working and playing around electric facilities, including poles, wires, ground-level transformers or other equipment. For more information, National Grid’s “Stay Clear and Stay Alive” outdoor safety guide can be found here. In addition, the company offers the following tips for working and playing safely outside:

Power Line Safety

  •  Overhead power lines carry high voltages, so it’s safest to assume that all overhead wires
    are electric wires.
  • The coating on overhead wires is intended to protect the wire from weather, but it will not
    protect against from electric shock.
  •  Never touch downed power lines. Always assume that they are carrying live electricity.
    Downed lines should be immediately reported to National Grid at 1-800-867-5222 or to
    your local emergency response organization.

Ladder Safety

  • Before erecting a ladder, always look up to make sure that it will not come in contact with,
    or come close to a power line.
  •  When working on a ladder, keep a distance of at least 10 feet from power lines, even from
    those that are connected to your home.
  • Never touch power lines with a ladder, nor with tools or any part of your body.
  • Never place a ladder in a puddle or damp ground. Metal parts and moisture conduct
    electricity, and ladders or tools that make contact with a power line provides a path for
    electric current to the ground. This can be dangerous for those who come into contact with
    an object that is touching a power line, as they can become part of that path and sustain
    injury or death.
  • Never use power tools or any electric device while standing on a damp floor or wet ground.
    If the power tool is damaged by contact with water, you could receive a fatal shock.
  • Always carry ladders horizontally, and keep them away from power lines.
  • Make sure that equipment is properly grounded before using power equipment and tools.
  • For added safety, install Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters on all outdoor electric outlets.
    They are designed to prevent shock.
  • Indoor extension cords are not safe for outdoor use. Before plugging in any extension cord,
    check to see if the insulation is cracked or frayed. If there is damage, use a new cord.
  • Before installing a new antenna, satellite dish or any rooftop appliance, be certain it is clear
    of all power lines. The antenna must be firmly secured to the roof and may require bracing
    with guy wires to withstand high winds. A metal antenna can form a deadly conduit for
    electric current if it makes contact with a power line.

Cautions for Outdoor Recreation

  • Kites, model airplanes and other toys should be flown in open areas, far away from trees
    and power lines.
  • If a toy becomes tangled in a tree or power line, do not try to retrieve it. The safest thing to
    do is leave it there.
  • Don’t fly toys on damp or rainy days, as wet string can conduct electricity. Don’t use metal
    string or a kite that has metal in its construction. If it touches a power line, the individual
    flying the kite could sustain serious injury.
  • When sailing and fishing, be alert near shorelines, inlets and marinas for overhead lines
    that could come in contact with masts or antennae. Before casting a fishing line, check for
    nearby electric lines.

About National Grid

National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE: NGG) is an electricity, natural gas, and clean energy delivery company serving more than 20 million people through our networks in New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. We are the largest distributor of natural gas in the Northeast. National Grid also operates the systems that deliver gas and electricity across Great Britain.

National Grid is transforming our electricity and natural gas networks with smarter, cleaner, and more resilient energy solutions to meet the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050. Our Northeast 80x50 Pathway is an industry leading analysis for how to reach that goal in the states we serve, focusing on the power generation, heat, and transportation sectors.

Read more about the innovative projects across our footprint in The Democratization of Energy, an eBook written by National Grid’s U.S. president, Dean Seavers.

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