Staying Safe This Summer While Keeping Cool

June 12, 2017

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Few things feel better on a hot summer day than a dip in the pool or a run through the backyard sprinklers. But the combination of water and electricity is extremely dangerous. Being aware of the hazards around water, both inside and outside your home, can help prevent death and injury.

These Rocky Mountain Power tips will help you and your family stay safe this summer while cooling off.

  • Electrical devices, cords and extensions should be kept at least 10 feet away from water sources such as pools and spas. When possible, use battery operated electrical devices outside.
  • Keep high-power water squirters away from power lines.
  • All outdoor electrical outlets should be ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets and covered to keep them dry. This is especially important around pools, spas and other summer water activities.
  • Never handle electrical devices when you are wet – either from water activities or from perspiration.
  • When possible use waterproof electrical devices and appliances such as radios, speakers and DVD players near pools and water.
  • Never reach for or unplug an appliance that has fallen into water. Instead, turn the power off at the breaker before you unplug the appliance or remove it from the water.
  • Do not swim during a thunderstorm. If you hear thunder or see lightning while swimming, get out of the water and into a safe place.
  • Be careful to not position play equipment under power lines.

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