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Electrical Safety

​This Tailgate Talk is part of the NLTAPA collection.

Electrical hazards can cause severe burns, shocks, and electrocution if not taken care of properly.

Here are a few safety tips that will help protect you from electrical hazards.

  • Never assume that any wire is safe to touch.

  • Stay at least 10 feet away from overhead power lines.

  • If working at heights or handling long objects, look for electrical wires before starting work.

  • Never operate electrical equipment while you are standing in water. In damp areas, use only ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protected equipment.

  • Never repair electrical cords or equipment unless you are qualified and authorized to do so. Do not place electrical tape on a cut in the outer insulation of a lead cord.

  • Stay well away from fallen overhead power lines.

  • Be sure that electrical outlets in your bathrooms, basement, garage and outdoor areas are all GFCI protected.

  • Check GFCI outlets regularly to ensure that they are working correctly

  • Always use extreme caution when working around electricity!

Resources and References:

OSHA electrical safety webpage URL:

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