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Outside Your Home

Electricity travels at the speed of light, about 186,000 miles per second. At that speed, you don't get a warning. There is no time to react.

Plan Ahead

Most people think injuries happen by chance or "accident", a word that implies something that can’t be foreseen or avoided. But electrical injuries can typically be both foreseen and avoided.

  • If you are using a ladder or erecting scaffolding, always be aware of overhead power lines. Your ladder should be wooden or fiberglass; metal is a good conductor of electricity.
  • When installing an antenna, position it at least 1.5 times its total length away from power lines and maintain a safe distance of at least 10 feet. If the antenna starts to fall during installation, let it go and stay away.
  • Ensure your outside receptacles are protected by ground fault circuit interrupters and test them periodically.
  • Ensure garden tools and appliances have three prong plugs and electrical cords are not frayed.
  • If your project requires digging, trenching or tilling and you’re not sure whether you have an underground electrical service, contact Newfoundland Power before you start.
  • You should always plant trees away from power lines. A mature tree can grow into power lines and when it’s necessary to prune the tree, it can become a hazard. Learn more about being tree smart by putting the right tree in the right place.