Electrical Safety Tips

  • Coming in contact with overhead power lines can be a deadly mistake. Make sure you know the location and clearance of all power lines around you.
  • Water and electricity don’t mix. Keep electrical devices and cords a safe distance away from water, and never, under any circumstances, touch an electrical device when wet.
  • Recognize the common signs of home electrical problems, including hot switch plates, circuit breakers that trip frequently, and flickering lights.
  • Avoid planting trees near or beneath power lines, and shrubs, hedges or other plants near utility poles.
  • Always call 8-1-1 before you dig. The Illinois One-Call Center, known as JULIE, will mark the location of any underground utility lines so you can dig safely.
  • Never attach a foreign object − like a yard sale sign, poster or satellite dish − to a utility pole. Doing so puts you, and our linemen, at risk.
  • Be careful when hanging Christmas lights. Always keep your ladder a safe distance away from power lines.
  • Be safe when decorating your home for the holiday season. Keep your tree away from heat sources and use only UL-approved lights.
  • Make sure carbon monoxide detectors are properly installed throughout your home, within 15 feet of each bedroom and potential carbon monoxide source.
  • Back-up generators should only be installed by licensed electrical contractors to ensure that electricity will not back feed into power lines.
  • Take special care when operating a portable space heater. Keep it at least 3 feet away from flammable materials and turn it off before you go to sleep or leave the room.