Stay safe, no matter the season

Power for Progress… a weekly column from the Grand River Dam Authority.

Fall scenes and fall safety… Soon enough, the leaves will begin to take on their fall colors, like these along the shores of Grand Lake in this 2017 photo. As we transition from summer to fall, the Grand River Dam Authority is passing along some electrical safety tips especially for the season.

It may be a little bit early to think about parking the lawnmower for the remainder of the year, but there has been a touch of fall in the air in recent weeks and soon enough, the calendar will make it official.

As one season gives way to the next, it is always appropriate to revisit some important electric safety tips specific to the new season. With that in mind, the Grand River Dam Authority passes along these cool weather tips from the Electric Safety Foundation International.

  • When the time does come to put away the lawn maintenance equipment, be sure to store them safety and securely. Check cold weather tools, such as leaf and snow blowers, along with their power cords, for unusual wear and tear. Repair or replace worn tools or parts right away.
  • Are you finished with that weed trimmer battery charger until spring? It’s a good idea to unplug it and store it away as well.
  • Remember to use only weatherproof electrical devices for outside activities. Protect outdoor electrical devices from moisture. Make sure electrical equipment that has been wet is inspected and reconditioned by a certified repair dealer.
  • It won’t be long until the leaves start falling. Be sure to keep dry leaves swept away from outdoor lighting, outlets and power cords.
  • Back indoors, make sure all your electric blankets are in good repair and certified by an independent testing lab such as UL, CSA or ETL. If they have been stored away for a while, inspect them thoroughly before use. Power cords should not be frayed, cracked or cut.

These are just a few tips intended to help you transition from summer to fall in a safe manner. Your friends at GRDA want you to stay safe, no matter the season.

Headquartered in Vinita, GRDA is Oklahoma’s state-owned electric utility; fully funded by revenues from electric and water sales instead of taxes. Each day, GRDA strives to be an “Oklahoma agency of excellence” by focusing on the 5 E’s: employees, electricity, economic development, environmental stewardship, and efficiency.