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Make your home a safer place for you and your family by following these tips. 

Safety inside your home

Keep yourself and your family safe outside, whether you're working or playing, with these safety tips. 

Safety in the yard, the pool and outside

Inside Your Home

 

​Kitchen and bathroom

  • Keep items away from the bathtub, sink and toilet.
  • Anything that plugs into an electrical outlet should be kept away from a water source. Water conducts electricity and can cause electrocution.
  • Make sure outlets in the bathroom and kitchen are updated with ground fault circuit interrupters, which turn off electricity if appliances fall into water.

General electrical safety

  • Unplug appliances when not in use and before cleaning — by the plug, not the cord.
  • Use safety covers on open electrical sockets to prevent children playing with them.
  • Use proper fuses in electrical panels and don't overload outlets.
  • Make sure all prongs on the electrical plug are intact and there's no damage or fraying to the cord.
  • Don't run cords under rugs or chain several extension cords together. Add an outlet where you need power.
  • When purchasing an electric space heater, look for the Underwriter's Laboratory mark. Keep at least three feet between the heater and anything that can burn. Turn the heater off before falling asleep or leaving the area you are heating.
  • Electric blankets and heating pads should be checked for frayed fabric, scorch marks, damp patches, exposed elements and loose connections. If in doubt, replace them.

In the Yard, the Pool and Outside

 

Keep work and play safe with these simple guidelines.

General work safety

  • Learn where the power lines are and keep your equipment outside the limits of approach. If you need to complete work within seven metres of a power line, contact Power Trouble.

  • If you have a service connect from an overhead power line, lower your ladder when moving it around your yard.

  • Before you dig, contact Alberta One-Call to mark any underground utilities in the area and practice safe digging in these areas.

  • Make sure you have a backflow device on your outdoor hose tap to prevent contaminants from getting back into your home water supply.

Digging

Are you planning any projects on your property that involve excavation? For safety's sake, before you start, locate any utility lines on your property. Utility lines include water, electricity, drainage, and gas lines.

Contact Alberta One-Call (1-800-242-3447). This is a free service. You should allow two days for the lines to be located. Digging safely to protect yourself and the buried lines will not only save you money in the long run, but could even save your life.

  • Don't use any mechanical device within one metre of power lines.
  • Using a shovel, carefully hand expose cables.
  • Be careful not to damage cables with your shovel.

If you hit a utility line:

  • Stop digging and leave the area.

  • Call 911 or the utility's emergency contact number.

  • Report even minor damage to the utility company.

Tree pruning

Trees or other vegetation sometimes grow too close to power lines or equipment, creating potential safety hazards. If trees are near power lines:

  • Don't prune the tree yourself.

  • Contact us or your local power company to have a tree pruned if there's a power line close to or touching it.

If trees are near power lines:

  • Use a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter outlet for electric trimmers and chainsaws.
  • If possible, use battery operated or rechargeable hedge trimmers.
  • Always unplug equipment before cleaning.
  • Repair damaged blades, plugs or cords.

Playing safely

Pools and hot tubs

  • Never leave your child unattended in or near a swimming pool, hot tub or spa.

  • Make sure pools/tubs have effective barriers (like a fence or gate) to help guard against unauthorized access. This is also a legal requirement in many areas; check with your city or homeowner's association for more information.

  • Don't allow barriers, such as fences or walls, to give you a false sense of security regarding your child's safety; there's no substitute for adult supervision.

  • Fence gates should have self-closing, self-latching mechanisms. Latches need to be out of reach of young children.

  • Lock all doors and windows leading to the pool areas.

  • Keep toys, tricycles and other children's play things away from the pool or spa.

  • Mount life-saving devices near the pool.

  • Keep tables, chairs and ladders away from pool fences and gates.

  • Check placement of doggie doors to ensure there's no direct access to the pool area.

  • Post clear CPR instructions and your local emergency number in a visible place near the pool in case of an emergency. Installing a phone in the pool area or keeping a cordless phone nearby is also a good idea.

  • Learn CPR. Check with your local Red Cross for available classes.

Kites

Flying kites can cause contact with an overhead power line and provide a path to the ground. You may be part of that path. If your kite becomes tangled in a line, don't attempt to retrieve it. Call Power Trouble for assistance.

Holiday lighting

Stay safe this holiday season.

  • Check your lights and replace burnt out bulbs. Toss any lights with damaged cords.
  • If you leave your lights up year round, check for sun damage to cords.
  • Always use extension cords and timers rated for outside use.