Summer is in full swing, and that means it is time for fun in the sun! As you find yourself spending more time outdoors, Medina Electric Cooperative reminds you to stay safe.
- Home Improvement Projects: Pay attention to where you place metal ladders or dig for fence posts. Before you start any projects, always look up and avoid overhead power lines. Keep a minimum of 10 feet between you and overhead lines. Also, always call 8-1-1 before doing any digging to find out if the area you will be working in is clear of underground power lines.
- Look Up: Children should never climb trees near power lines – always assume a wire is live. Fly kites and remote-controlled airplanes in large open areas like a park or a field, safely away from trees and overhead power lines.
- Taking a Dip: Electrical devices, such as stereos, should be kept at least 10 feet away from swimming pools, and outdoor electrical outlets should always be covered. If you hear a rumble of thunder, exit the pool right away.
- Storm Season: Speaking of thunder, summer storms can be dangerous if you’re caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. We are currently in storm season and if you find yourself outdoors during a storm, move toward suitable shelter with covered sides, and stick to low-lying ground if possible.
- Better Boating: Avoid swimming near a boat or launching ramp. Electric shock drowning can occur when an electric current escapes boats, docks and lights near marinas, shocking nearby swimmers. The electric shock paralyzes swimmers, making them unable to swim to safety.
“It is critical that the public understands electricity can be a silent danger no matter what season. Just because you are outside and away from electronics and electrical outlets, doesn’t mean you are away from the dangers of electricity,” explains Medina EC’s Safety Coordinator, Derly Carrizales.
Medina EC encourages its members to have some fun in the sun and always keep safety in mind when enjoying everything summer has to offer.