Electricity is the most powerful (heh, see what we did there?) force in the civilized world. Without it, our modern world, its economy, and everything that runs out civilization today, simply wouldn’t exist.

Handling electricity should always be done responsibly, with proper care taken to ensure your safety. An electrical shock can happen in an instant, and the amount of current running through your home could kill you.

Essential Outdoor Electrical Safety Rules

Anyone, with proper precaution, can work with electricity. In fact, we encourage people to take an interest in electricity, how it works, how to safely use it, and what can be done with it. We love seeing people learn more about the electrical systems in their home, and we always support people that want to make a career out of working with electricity.

The most important rule to remember when working with electricity is this: always treat electricity with respect. By respecting the rules and boundaries of electricity, you will always be safe.

Never climb on electrical poles or transformers

The electrical connections and wires in and around poles/transformers are often unshielded, meaning that a very real danger exists should you come into contact with them.

Always assess your surroundings when using ladders or other tall objects

Many people have been seriously injured and killed by overhead power lines. These lines connect your home to the electrical grid and carry significant current. Take extreme caution when working near overhead power lines.

Do not interfere with or manipulate the weatherhead on your home

Note: the weatherhead is also called the “weathercap”, “service head”, or “service entrance cap”.

The weatherhead is where your home physically connects to the larger electrical grid. This weatherproof entry point prevents water from entering the conduit (the physical connection bet ween the external power grid and your homes internal power grid).

If your weathead has been damaged, contact your electrical utility provider (https://www.csu.org/Pages/Contact-Us.aspx if you are in Colorado Springs)

Never Approach Exposed Power Cable

Even if it does not appear to be live, exposed power cable presents a serious safety hazard and should not be approached for any reason. Without visible sparks or scorching it may not be obvious if the wires are transmitting current. Take all appropriate measures to ensure you do not come into contact with an exposed power cable.

Safely Working With Electricity

  • Inspect your electrical device (including its power cable) before plugging it in – Do not plug a damaged cable into an electrical outlet.
  • Use tape to secure cables and extension cords – Never use a nail, screw, or metal clip to secure an electrical cable.
  • Ensure your work area is dry – Moisture conducts electricity and represents a safety hazard. Do not work with electrical devices in or near water.
  • Disable the circuit and local switch before replacing build-in electrical appliances – Including light fixtures, smoke alarms, doorbells, and any other built-in electrical device that you may work on.