Use Outdoor Power Tools Safely

July 15, 2021

If your outdoor activities require the use of power tools, it’s important to operate the devices properly and be aware of potential hazards around you – such as changing weather conditions and the presence of power lines. The following guidelines can help keep you safe when operating power tools outdoors:

  • Read the instruction manual – including all safety warnings – and make sure all protective guards are properly installed before use.
  • Plug the power cord into a three-prong outlet on a three-conductor circuit. This gives you the added safety of a neutral-to-ground connection provided by the third wire. If you are working near wet conditions, use an extension cord with a portable ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet, which can be purchased online or from your local hardware store.
  • Inspect your tools after each use and keep them in good working order. Also, replace or repair worn or defective parts immediately.
  • Keep your tools clean and store them in a dry place. Never use electric tools or mowers in wet areas.
  • When using hedge or grass trimmers, wear sturdy, rubber-soled shoes or boots – never operate these devices barefoot. Also, be sure to wear safety glasses and hearing protection.
  • When using a ladder, make sure you maintain a safe distance from any power lines in the area.

For more information about how to stay safe, visit the Outdoor Electrical Safety page of the FirstEnergy website.

Remember to Follow these Steps

  • STOP what you’re doing to consider your personal safety before working or playing around power lines or electrical equipment.
  • LOOK around for potential hazards and ways you might come into contact with electrical equipment and identify a way to avoid the hazard.
  • LIVE and prevent serious injury or death by taking precautions to avoid accidental contact with electrical equipment. There is nothing more important than your safety.

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