Safety Around Your Home
At Inland Power & Light, we believe one of our most important roles in the community is to educate our members and neighbors about the potential dangers electricity poses and what to do in order to stay safe around electric power.
To avoid electrical hazards, make sure you and your family follow these simple tips:
Look up and be safe! When working around power lines always look up and avoid areas where your equipment, ladder, etc., might come into contact with an electrical wire.
Call 811 or (800) 424-5555 48 hours before you dig.
Do not work with, handle or repair any of Inland Power & Light’s electrical equipment. Teach your children about electrical safety. Never allow them to fly a kite or climb a tree near a power line.
NEVER touch or attempt to pick up a fallen power line. If you see a downed power line or pole, call Inland immediately.
Make sure new appliance or equipment purchases carry the Underwriters Laboratories’ or other certified lab’s approval. The UL seal should apply to the entire appliance, not just the cord or plug.
Never run electric cords under a carpet or through a doorway. Check cords often for fraying and signs of wear and replace them immediately if damaged. Do not repair or patch a frayed cord.
Ground all tools and appliances properly. If you use a three-prong plug in a two-wire socket, be sure to use a properly grounded adapter.
Because water conducts electricity, do not use appliances or power tools while your hands are damp or while standing in or near water.
Protect sensitive computer and electronic equipment with a high quality surge suppressor.
Report power line, pole, substation, security light and transformer vandalism immediately.
Avoid damp conditions when using electricity. Keep all electrical devices and cords away from water.
Place waterproof covers on all outdoor outlets. Install ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) in outlets where water may be present.
Only use extension cords marked for outdoor use; match power needs of an electric tool or appliance to the cord’s label information.
Never climb a utility pole or tower.
Special Tips for Kids and Kids at Heart
Never climb trees near power lines. Even if the power lines are not touching the tree, they could touch when more weight is added to the branch.
Fly kites and model airplanes in large open areas like a park or a field, safely away from trees and overhead power lines. If a kite gets stuck in a tree that’s near power lines, don’t climb up to get it. Contact Inland at (509) 747-7151 for assistance.
Don’t play on or around pad-mounted electrical equipment (the green boxes).
Never go into an electric substation for any reason. Electric substations contain high-voltage equipment, which can be deadly. Never retrieve a ball or toy that goes inside. Call us instead.
Power Tool Tips
Inspect power tools and appliances for frayed cords, broken plugs, and cracked or broken housing, and repair or replace damaged items.
Store power tools indoors.
Unplug outdoor tools when not in use.
Do not carry power tools by the cord.
Remember don’t forget your safety glasses and hearing protection.
Look up. When you’re working in high places, electric lines may be closer than you think. Never use a metal ladder. Use only a fiberglass ladder if you must work near the wires attached to your house.
Never touch a person or an object that has made contact with a power line. You could be electrocuted, too. Call 911 for help.
Maintaining Trees Located Close to Power Lines
The Bonneville Power Administration is dedicated to providing all citizens of the Northwest safe and reliable electricity. Maintaining adequate clearance around power lines - both to prevent vegetation from contacting lines and to provide access to lines - is essential to meeting our public responsibility.
Working Safely Around Power Lines
The Bonneville Power Administration wants you to be safe when working near power lines. This video provides you some important information and safety tips for working around high-voltage power lines. Most critically, remember to maintain a distance of 15 feet or more between you, the equipment you use and everything that can conduct electricity from the power lines to the ground.