Puget Sound Energy offers home-improvement safety tips for summer

June 27, 2010

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. June 27, 2010

Despite day after day of cooler-than-normal temperatures, summer started last week and, with it, so did the season for gardening and outdoor home improvements.

Puget Sound Energy reminds residents to watch for underground and overhead utility lines when building a new fence or deck, working on the roof, planting trees and shrubs, or even flying a kite.

Follow these safety tips during summer and the rest of the year:

  • When getting ready to landscape a garden, pull a tree stump, build a fence or undertake any other digging activity, make sure to call 811 — the free, call-before-you-dig-hotline — to avoid potential hazards associated with striking or digging up underground utilities.
  • Place new trees away from overhead power lines. Do not build playhouses or platforms in trees with nearby power lines.
  • Never climb trees near power lines — even if the power lines are not touching the tree.
  • Avoid flying kites, metallic balloons and radio-controlled toys near power lines. If a kite or Mylar balloon drifts near a power line, let it go. Never try to retrieve anything caught in a power line or from a tree located near a power line.
  • Never install hot tubs, swimming or wading pools underneath or near power lines.

PSE advised anyone who damages a natural gas or line, or who smells the odor, to quickly move a safe distance from the damaged line, call 911 and report the damage to PSE at 888-225-5773.

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