PSE offers home-improvement safety tips for summer

July 13, 2010

By Staff

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

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