Outdoor safetyTo ensure you enjoy the comforts and convenience that electricity provides and remain safe, consider these important safety tips.
- Never touch or attempt to move a downed power line.
- Fly kites and model planes in wide-open spaces like a field or on the beach.
- Stay away from transformers. They are generally green and mounted on concrete slabs, and are found where there are underground power lines.
- Never attempt to open the door of one of these transformers. If you find a door unlocked, call Duke Energy immediately.
Electricity and waterWater and electricity do not mix, so be careful when using electricity around water!
- Don’t use power tools while the ground is wet or while standing in water.
- Don’t touch an electrical appliance while in a pool, hot tub, bathtub or shower.
- Make sure outdoor electrical outlets are weatherproofed and protected by a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI). This device is designed to protect you from electrical shock.
Downed electrical lines
- Call Duke Energy to report downed electrical lines.
- Don’t touch or attempt to move any downed lines.
- Don’t touch anyone or anything in contact with a downed electrical line.
Electric and Magnetic Fields (EMF)
- All power lines, building wiring, and electric appliances exhibit electric and magnetic fields.
- Electric fields are associated with the voltage level of electric lines and appliances.
- Magnetic fields are associated with the current flow in electric lines and appliances.
- Power line electric and magnetic fields are non-ionizing (does not damage cell tissue).
- Potential health effects of power line EMF have been studied for 50+ years, but no scientific conclusions on health advantages or disadvantages have been identified.
- EMF and Your Health
- EMF Brochure
- Static Voltage Near Transmission Lines