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- When you see a downed electric power line, call Sheffield Utilities immediately at (256) 389-2478. Do not touch it; never assume electric wires are dead.
- Don't climb or attach anything to utility poles.
- Avoid overhead electric power lines when using long-handled equipment, tall ladders, television antennas or kites. If a kite string gets tangled in the electric lines, call the Sheffield Utilities. We will remove it for you.
- Make sure your home is wired correctly for electricity and that your tools and appliances are properly grounded.
- Do not overload your circuits, electric outlets or extension cords. Take extra precaution when using electrical equipment outdoors. Be sure to use fixtures and bulbs designed for outdoor use. Outdoor wiring should be on its own ground-fault circuit.
- Never touch electrical equipment when you are bathing, standing on a wet floor or have wet hands.
- Check your cords on electric equipment. Replace those that are frayed or damaged.
- Remember that lightning is electricity. Never stand under a tree or near a utility pole in a storm.
- Plant tall-growing trees at least 50 feet away from power lines. Falling limbs on power lines are a major cause of power outages.