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Don’t Let These Electrical Safety Tips Shock You

15 Feb 2021

UGI is proud to provide the energy you rely on every day to power your home. There’s nothing more important than the safety of our customers, employees, and members of the communities we serve. Whether you’re at home or outdoors, it is important to understand how to stay safe around electrical appliances, equipment and power lines. Here are a few simple things you can do to protect your home and family:

  • Prevent electrical overloads by plugging major appliances directly into wall outlets. Never use extension cords or power strips for appliances.
  • Don’t overload extension cords. Avoid plugging them into one another, make sure you’re using cords that are properly rated for their intended use, and don’t run them through walls, doorways, ceilings or floors.
  • Make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors rare working properly. Smoke detectors should be tested at least once a month and batteries should be replaced at least twice a year.
  • Exercise caution when operating scissor lifts or building scaffolding near power lines.
  • Keep kites, drones, helium filled balloons, and remote control aircraft away from overhead electric lines to avoid the potential for power outages, fires and serious injuries.
  • If you come across a downed power line following an accident or storm, stay far away and call UGI at 800-276-2722.
  • Don’t forget about underground power lines! Before you dig in your yard, call 8-1-1 to have underground lines marked at least three business days prior to starting the project. It’s the law.

Learn more at www.ugi.com/electricsafety.