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Other Electrical Tips

Here are some other important tips on staying safe and what to do when an accident happens.

Avoiding Transformers

  • Keep 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 & Water

  • Because water makes it easier for you to become an electrical path to the ground, be careful when using electricity around water.
  • Donít use power tools while the ground is wet or while standing in water.
  • Donít touch an electrical appliance while in a pool or hot tub.
  • Donít touch any electrical appliances while in the 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.

When an Accident Happens

  • Donít touch a victim whoís in contact with a power line.
  • Donít touch anything thatís in contact with the victim.
  • Donít attempt to move the power line.
  • Call 911.
  • If a victim, who is not in contact with the power line, is not breathing or has no pulse, call 911. If you are trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), begin immediately.