Duke Energy offers 10 tips for summer safety

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- As summer turns up the heat on vacations and outdoor projects, Duke Energy offers these electrical safety tips:

1. Stay away from downed power lines
Consider all downed or sagging power lines and anything touching them energized and dangerous. Do not touch anything that is on or near a power line (i.e., trees or tree limbs, cars, ladders). Call 911 and report the problem to Duke Energy.

2. Prepare an emergency supply kit for severe weather
Keep a supply of water and non-perishable food items on hand and ensure first aid supplies and all medicines are readily available. Make sure flashlights are working and have a supply of extra batteries.

3. Look up for ladder safety
When using an aluminum ladder, check above for power lines. Aluminum is an exceptionally good conductor of electricity. Take extra care to ensure the ladder does not inadvertently touch or come near a power line.

4. Never trim trees near power lines
Don't prune near power lines. Trimming trees around power lines should only be performed by trained professionals. Please call Duke Energy for an evaluation of the trees and vegetation around power equipment prior to any removals.

5. Keep away from transformers
Do not sit, climb or stand on transformers. They are generally green and mounted on concrete slabs, and are found in areas served by underground power lines. Never attempt to open the door of one of these transformers. If you find a door unlocked, call Duke Energy immediately.

6. Call before you dig
Call 811 at least three days before you dig – whether planting a tree or garden, or installing a deck or fence. This free service will ensure underground electric, natural gas, water, sewer, phone, cable TV and other utility lines are clearly marked before you begin a digging project.

7.  Be cautious on the roof 
Working on the roof may put you close to an overhead power line. Avoid standing up and accidently touching a line with your head or shoulder.

8. Remember electricity and water don't mix
Keep electrical appliances, tools and toys away from water, including rain, wet ground, swimming pools, sprinklers and hoses.

9. Fly kites, model planes and balloons safely
Fly your kite, model plane or balloons in wide-open spaces like a field or beach. Never fly them around power lines, and never use metal, foil or wire in your kite or kite string.

10. Plug tools into the right outdoor electrical outlet
Make sure outdoor electrical outlets are weatherproofed and protected by a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI). This device is designed to protect you from electrical shock.

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