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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

NORTH BALTIMORE, Ohio – Many people like to take advantage of the warm sunny days of late spring and early summer, even if it’s just to do chores. However, outdoor chores can bring electrical hazards. Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative wants to remind the public about keeping safety in mind while outside.

For example, ladders contacting power lines cause 9 percent of electrocution-related deaths each year, says the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Landscaping, gardening and farming equipment cause another 7 percent. To avoid electrical hazards, make sure you and your family follow these simple tips:

• Teach children to stay away from electric transformers and substations and explain what the posted warning signs mean. 
• Avoid damp conditions when using electricity. Keep all electrical devices and cords away from water.
• Place waterproof covers on all outdoor outlets. Install ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) in outlets where water may be present.
• Use only extension cords marked for outdoor use; match the power needs of an electric tool or appliance to the cord’s label information.
• Dial 8-1-1, the national “Call Before You Dig” number, at least 72 hours before any type of excavation work and mark the proposed excavation area with white paint or flags. Local utilities will be notified to mark the approximate location of your underground lines.

Power tools
• Inspect power tools and appliances for frayed cords, broken plugs and cracked or broken housing, and repair or replace damaged items.
• Store power tools indoors.
• Unplug outdoor tools when not in use.
• Do not carry power tools by the cord.

• Use only a fiberglass or wooden ladder if you must work near overhead wires.
• Never touch a person or an object that has made contact with a power line.
Source: Electrical Safety Foundation International; CPSC

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Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative has granted more than $100,000 in scholarships within the last decade. An additional Power Systems Engineer (PSE) Scholarship has been added to the program. The winner of this scholarship is eligible for paid internship(s) in the co-op’s engineering department. learn more