Waterloo North Hydro Reminds You Not To Fall Back Into Unsafe Habits As Summer Comes to A Close

Posted on Tuesday September 21, 2021

Summer has come to an end, and autumn is here. Waterloo North Hydro (WNH) has several tips to help keep you and your family safe from electrical hazards while working and playing around the outside of your home.

  • Whether you’re trimming trees, flying kites with your kids, or working in the yard be sure to look up, look out and watch for overhead powerlines. Always keep yourself and your equipment at least three metres away from overhead powerlines at all times.
  • Extension cords are convenient ways to bring power to your yard, but they can be dangerous if they are not used correctly. When outdoors, only use extension cords rated for outdoor use. These are designed to resist outdoor conditions. Don’t take the shortcut of using an indoor cord or power bar even for a short time. It could cause a shock, electrocution or a fire.
  • If you are completing any fall projects involving digging, get a free locate before you start. Visit ontarioonecall.ca or call 1-800-400-2255 to request your free locate and identify any underground hazards that may be present on your property.
  • Talk to your kids about powerline safety. Help children find safe places to play, away from utility poles, transformer boxes and stations and powerlines. Remind children never to climb trees near powerlines. Make sure they look closely since leaves and branches can hide the wires. Kids should not play on green boxes on lawns or in parks.
  • Water and electricity don’t mix! All outdoor outlets should be equipped with Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI). They should also have weatherproof covers to prevent moisture from getting in. If an outdoor outlet isn’t GFCI protected, you can get a portable GFCI outlet adapter at your local home improvement retailer or hardware store.
  • Always be prepared for emergencies. Prepare a 72-hour emergency kit for your home and make a plan with your family to ensure you know what to do in case of an emergency or a prolonged power outage. Visit getprepared.gc.ca for information on what should be included in your emergency kit.

In addition to these tips, WNH has many other resources available to help keep you safe around electricity. Visit wnhydro.com/safety for more electrical safety tips and tools. You can also visit wnhydro.com/luckyvideos to watch a series of six animated safety videos featuring “Lucky the Squirrel. These videos are aimed at younger audiences and help children to better learn about the dangers of electrical equipment. 

For more safety tips to keep you and your family safe indoors and outdoors, visit www.wnhydro.com/safety. If you would like additional information on outdoor electrical safety, visit the Electrical Safety Authority’s website for a list of outdoor safety tips https://esasafe.com/safety/home-electrical-safety/outdoor-safety/.