Keep work and play safe with these simple guidelines.
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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.
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.
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.
911 or the utility's emergency contact number.
Report even minor damage to the utility company.
Trees or other vegetation sometimes grow too close to power lines or equipment, creating potential safety hazards. If trees are near power lines:
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.
Holiday lighting and decor
Stay safe during the 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.
- If you have a service connect from an overhead power line, lower your ladder when moving it around your yard.
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.
When a kite or balloon makes contact with a power line, a path for the electricity to travel to the ground is created. If someone is part of that path, they can be seriously injured.
Never fly kites or hold balloons around power lines and remember these tips:
- Before you fly a kite or balloon, check for overhead power lines. If any are nearby, move to a different area.
- If the wind pushes your kite or balloon near a power line or other electrical infrastructure, let go of it.
- If your kite or balloon becomes tangled in a line, don't attempt to retrieve it. Call Power Trouble at 780-412-4500 for assistance.
- Avoid flying kites that contain parts made out of metal or wires.