Because electricity is a necessity of modern life, it’s easy to forget how dangerous it can be under certain conditions. At PEC, we take safety seriously. Ensuring that our electric facilities are safe and secured for our staff, members and the general public is the most important thing we do, but protecting you and your loved ones at home is up to you.
In honor of National Electrical Safety Month, here are a few guidelines that can help keep you and your family safe.
• Periodically check your electric cords for fraying, cracking or discoloration, and replace damaged ones. Never run cords under carpets or rugs, and don’t nail or staple them to walls or floors.
• Water and electricity don’t mix. GFCI outlets help protect you from electric shock and should be tested monthly. Plug in a nightlight and turn it on. Push the “Test” button; the light should go off. Push the “Reset” button to turn the light back on.
• Always call Texas811 before digging deeper than 16” in your yard — it’s the law. They’ll mark underground utilities, so you don’t dig into a buried electric line.
• Our power lines carry a lot of electricity. Don’t trim trees near lines, and teach your children not to climb or play in them.
• Always avoid downed power lines. If you encounter one, call our emergency line at 1-888-883-3379.
Learn more about electrical safety at pec.coop/safety.