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

Safety tips for the fall season … . As the calendar takes us from summer to “official” fall, GRDA wants to share some important safety tips for the new season.

Maybe the weather is not fully cooperating just yet, but the calendar makes it official this week: fall has arrived.

So as one season gives way to the next and fall returns for a visit, it is also a great time 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.

Soon enough, the time will come to put away the lawn maintenance equipment for a while, so 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? Unplug it.
  • 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.
  • The leaves will start falling soon. 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.

GRDA is Oklahoma’s largest public power 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.