Ladders and electricity don’t mix

In a meeting between ladders and electricity, ladders and those who use them lose nearly every time. Use caution when carrying a ladder near overhead electrical lines, and remember these tips:

  • Keep your ladder and your body at least 10 feet from power lines
  • When possible, use a fiberglass ladder. Electricity can travel through ladders made of metals such as aluminum, and even wooden ladders, especially if they are wet
  • Exercise caution using your ladder near trees. Trees contain water, and electricity can travel through water
  • Be aware of your surroundings! Don’t let your tools or materials make contact with power lines

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Natural Gas: If you smell gas, think you have a gas leak, have carbon monoxide symptoms or have some other gas emergency situation, go outside and call 911 and then our emergency number 1-800-634-3524.
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