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Mar 16, 2012

Cleco encourages electrical safety during spring cleaning

PINEVILLE, La. – With unseasonably warm temperatures, many are getting an early start to their spring cleaning.  As you use ladders, clean pools and trim or plant trees, Cleco reminds you that power lines can be above you or buried in the ground.

“Spring can be a busy time for many, but it also can be a dangerous time for those who do not locate power lines before working in their yards or making repairs to their homes,” said Mike Joseph, Cleco’s risk manager. “Taking time to look up and identify overhead power lines or calling Louisiana One Call at 811 at least 48 hours before you dig could be a life saver.”

Cleco advises that electricity can arc from the line to an object that is dirty and/or wet.  So using a ladder or long-handled lawn tool near a power line can be dangerous. Also, check power and extension cords for damage. Use electric equipment in a dry place and avoid standing in water while using electric tools.

“Spring also brings seasonal storms that can cause damage to our electric system and present a danger after the storm has passed,” said Joseph.  “If a line is knocked from a pole, it could still be energized even if a person’s power is off at home. Stay away from downed power lines and use extreme caution when cleaning up after a storm. Fallen power lines could be covered by debris.”

To report an outage or a dangerous situation with power lines, contact Cleco at 1-800-622-6537.