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As the days become longer and the weather begins to warm, one thing is certain; spring is on its way! Here in the Midwest, it’s been a winter full of cold temps and heavy snow.  Maybe we’re all just exhausted from shoveling and snow blowing after yet another winter storm, but it’s hard to imagine ever seeing the sprouts of spring emerge from under the blankets of dirty, white snow. Luckily, the end of March marks the first days of spring and we’re all for it! No matter what’s on your agenda for the springtime, electrical safety should be at the top of any list. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you begin planning your spring cleaning list:

 

Always keep electrical equipment and power cords away from water or wet areas. Springtime can cause flood threats so be aware of that as some areas that aren’t normally wet could become flooded. If any of your electrical equipment comes into contact with water, allow it to dry for a few days and have it inspected by a professional prior to using it again.

 

Call or contact a professional before you starting any renovating to ensure it’s a safe place to dig. Also avoid planting any trees under power lines or near utility equipment.

 

Inspect all electrical equipment such as lawnmowers, hedge trimmers, or other power tools that you’ll use for yard cleanup. Make sure they are running properly and that they are safe.

 

Unplug outdoor tools when they aren’t in use. Make sure your ladders are a safe distance from power lines. Even if you’re not performing an electrical related task, it’s important to pay attention to where the lines are.

 

Schedule your annual professional electrical safety inspection. Things can get damaged over the winter months without us even noticing. A professional knows what to look for and which things are, or could become, a problem.