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LUS Lafayette LAElectrical Safety Awareness can prevent Summer Electrical Hazards.

Electrical safety awareness can help keep summer outdoor activities from becoming disasters. The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) offers the following safety advice:

Water and Electricity Don't Mix

• Use outlet covers on outdoor receptacles near swimming pools.

• Keep cords and electrical devices away from pools.

• Never handle electrical items when you are wet.

• Do not allow power cord connections to become wet.

• When using a wet-dry vacuum cleaner or a pressure washer, be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions to avoid electric shock.

Electrical Safety Precautions During Storms

• Do not use electrical appliances that have been wet. A qualified service repair dealer should recondition electrical equipment that has been wet. Certain equipment will require complete replacement.

• Take special care to install and operate portable generators correctly.

• If you see a downed power line, move away from the line and anything touching it.

• Do not attempt to move a downed power line or anything in contact with the line.

Test Before You Touch

• Use ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) to prevent electrocutions.

• Understand your electrical system-know which fuse or circuit breaker controls each switch, light and outlet.

• Make sure circuits are turned off before starting work, and take measures to make sure they are not turned back on while working.

• Use a circuit tester. Make sure it is working by testing it before and after you use it to test the circuit.

• Always test before you touch.

Source: Electrical Safety Foundation International