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Electrical Safety Tips For Fall

Ah, the cool crisp air, the pumpkin and apple flavors, the sweatshirts, flannels and boots - who doesn’t love fall? In fact, we’d be lying if we said we didn’t enjoy spending some quality time with the family cleaning up the yard and getting it ready for winter. But that quality time can quickly turn into an emergency if you’re not careful. See below to find out how to keep yourself and your family safe as you head outside to tackle your fall maintenance chores this season:

  1. It’s time to organize and store away those warm weather power tools like lawnmowers, weed wackers and trimmers. Be sure to clean them off, wrap up the cords neatly and store them in a safe, dry place.

  2. As you break out the tools you need for fall cleanup, remember to check power cords for fraying and unusual wear and tear.

  3. Remember to check electrical cords to make sure they’re rated for outdoor use. Never use an indoor cord outside as it’s not meant to handle the elements.

  4. If you’re using electric power tools, only plug them into GFCI outlets.

  5. Keep a very close eye on leaves and dry grass. They can quickly go up in flames from electrical cords or any other objects that produce heat. We suggest keeping them swept up, bagged and stored away from any work areas.

  6. Leave the power tools to the adults. If your children would like to help out, have them do things like rake leaves, pick up sticks and organize summer toys for storage or set up decorations for fall.

  7. Never use electrical devices when the grass or leaves are wet. It may take a bit more time if you have to use your hands, or mechanical tools instead, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry!

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