May 5, 2020

May is National Electrical Safety Month

Join Benton PUD in raising awareness of electrical safety month this May to promote a safer community.
Benton PUD encourages electrical safety practices year-round, but this May we recognize the importance during Electrical Safety Month. The purpose of Electrical Safety Month is to offer electrical safety education for the home, school, and workplace. Benton PUD is committed to preserving the health, safety, and well-being of our customers and employees and practicing electrical safety plays a huge role in this.

Electrical safety while working from home is more important than ever as the Governor’s Stay-Home-Stay-Healthy order continues. If you're working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, work injuries can still happen. Evaluate your workspace and make changes to follow electrical safety practices:

While your kids and family spend more time at home using electronics, cooking, and using other appliances, consider the Ins and Outs of Electric Outlets and the proper use of extension cords. Using these things properly and knowing safe practices can save your home from an electrical fire.  If you have young kids in elementary school and would like educational material you can also print out these electrical safety coloring pages or there are more educational resources and worksheets.
If you need to escape the house and are out working in the yard, remember to look up and out and be aware of where overhead power lines are located when carrying ladders, pool skimmers, irrigation pipes and other tall equipment so you don’t hit one a power line or wire by mistake.  Also, don’t forget to call 8-1-1 at least 48 hours before you start a digging project.