As Texans prepare to celebrate Independence Day, whether they’re traveling somewhere or spending time in their own backyard, Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) wants to remind everyone to play it safe — especially around electricity. PEC safety experts shared their tips for a safe and fun July 4, and suggest you do a thorough walk-through of your backyard to identify safety hazards.
- Use caution around water.
Besides regular water safety, remember that water and electricity don’t mix! Keep electronics and power tools far away from any and all water, including swimming pools, spas, puddles, and hoses.
Use only ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets outdoors, and make sure all of your outdoor outlets have weatherproofed covers. Don’t forget to keep them closed when you’re not using them.
- Don’t leave your grill unattended.
Keep children and pets far away from grills. Always clean your grill and never grill indoors, in your garage, or near anything that could catch on fire. If you step away, make sure someone is available to watch your grill.
- Make sure boats and docks are inspected.
Prevent electric shock drowning by ensuring all electrical equipment on your boats and docks have been inspected by a professional and are up to code. It’s good to have boats and docks inspected at least once a year.
- Look up before launching fireworks.
Fireworks on the Fourth of July are an American tradition, but they should always be used with caution. Never set off fireworks near power lines. The safest way to experience them is by enjoying a local, professional show. If you’re going to use consumer fireworks, use them exclusively in open areas, where there are no power lines, and only in places allowed by local ordinances. Keep kids and pets far away from fireworks. Remember, if fireworks become tangled in power lines, call PEC immediately at 888-883-3379. If there is a fire, call 911.
For more safety tips, visit pec.coop/safety.