NEWARK, N.J., May 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Spring is in the air, and along with it comes the urge to clean, organize and spruce up your yard after a long, hard winter. Public Service Electric and Gas Co. (PSE&G) wants to ensure that you do so safely and that your equipment is in good working order. PSE&G offers the following tips to stay safe around electricity and gas.
Spring cleaning indoors:
- When vacuuming and sweeping, check for electrical cords crossing your path or running under rugs. Cords should be out of pathways to avoid tripping and should never be hidden under rugs or furniture where they could overheat and potentially start a fire.
- When cleaning in the bathroom and kitchen, make sure that electrical appliances are not placed where they could get wet. Electrical parts can become grounded when wet, posing an electric shock or overheating hazard.
- When dusting, check lamps and fixtures to ensure that they have light bulbs with the correct wattage. Wattage should be of equal or lesser value than that recommended by the manufacturer.
Spring cleaning outdoors:
- If you use power tools to work outside, make sure that extension cords are marked for outdoor use and rated for the power needs of your tools. Overloaded cords may lead to electric shock and serious injury.
- Check for overhead power lines when using ladders to clean your gutters or pool-cleaning equipment that could reach within 10 feet of the lines.
- When digging in your yard to plant new trees or bushes, make sure that you know where underground electric and gas lines are located. Always call New Jersey One Call at 811 or 800-272-1000 at least three working days prior to digging to locate underground lines.
- If planning to trim trees, check for overhead power lines. The only safe way to trim trees within 10 feet of power lines is to call a professional.
For more safety tips, visit www.pseg.com/safetyfirst.
Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) is New Jersey's oldest and largest regulated gas and electric delivery utility, serving nearly three-quarters of the state's population. PSE&G is the winner of the ReliabilityOne Award for superior electric system reliability. PSE&G is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG) (PEG), a diversified energy company (www.pseg.com).
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