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Play safe this summer

PlayWe’re all looking forward to getting outdoors and enjoying the sunshine this summer, but Burke-Divide Electric Cooperative wants you to stay safe, too.


Ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) are one form of protection from electrical hazards outdoors. GFCIs detect dangerous situations where a shock may occur and cut off power to prevent shock.  Any situation where electricity is used near water is a shock hazard. You should have GFCI protection on lighting around pools and near hot tubs.


Here are other tips to stay safe in or around swimming pools:

  • Do not put electric appliances within 10 feet of a swimming pool.
  • Any electric outlets within 20 feet of a pool should have a GCFI.
  • Never swim during a thunderstorm.
  • When you leave the pool, don’t touch any electrical appliances until you are dry. Never touch any electrical appliances when you are wet or standing in water.

If you plan to go boating or fishing this summer, be aware of your surroundings and potential electrical hazards. Check for the location of power lines before fishing. Make sure you are casting the line far away from power lines to avoid contact.

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