With the fall season fully upon us (remember to turn your clocks back one hour before going to bed next Saturday night, October 31) it’s a good time to revisit some of the seasonal electricity-related safety tips that are so important this time of year. The Grand River Dam Authority encourages you to always be safe around electricity, and is proud to pass along these tips form the Electric Safety Foundation International (ESFI).

• Before you fire up your cool weather tools like leaf blowers or snow blowers, make sure to check their power cords for any unusual wear or tear. Are they worn or frayed? Repair or replace those worn tools right away.

• Have some battery chargers that you do not intend to use until spring? Unplug them and store them in a safe place.

• Remember to use only weatherproof electrical devices for outside activities. It is also important to protect these devices from moisture. If you know your electrical equipment has been wet, don’t use it. Make sure it is first inspected and reconditioned by a certified repair dealer.

• The leaves are going to be piling up soon. Make sure to keep those dry leaves swept away from outdoor lighting, outlets and power cords.

• Finally, if you are decorating for fall or the Halloween holiday, remember that dried flowers, cornstalks, hay and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these items away from open flames and other heat sources, including electric light bulbs and heaters.

Please keep these ESFI tips in mind when working outdoors or decorating this time of year. Your friends at GRDA hope you have a safe, and happy, fall season.

Headquartered in Vinita, GRDA is Oklahoma’s state-owned electric utility; fully funded by revenues from electric and water sales instead of taxes. GRDA’s low-cost, reliable power touches 75 of 77 counties in the state and serves as an important economic development engine for Oklahoma. At no cost to Oklahoma taxpayers, GRDA also manages 70,000 surface acres of lakes in the state, including Grand Lake, Lake Hudson and the W.R. Holway Reservoir. Today, GRDA’s 500 employees continue to produce the same “power for progress” that has benefited the state for 75 years. The efforts of Team GRDA facilitate over $450 million in economic activity in Oklahoma annually.

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