With a high wind warning in effect, we're facing the possibility of downed tree branches, sooner than later.

As we get set for winter's arrival, there are a number of tasks that must be accomplished and addressed.

Pacific Power is sharing tips to stay safe while preparing your yard for the winter season.

As the leaves turn, fall weather arrives in the Pacific Northwest. For some homeowners, this means pruning trees and taming overgrown gardens, for others, it means cleaning the gutters or painting the house. Many outdoor projects like these can be hazardous if you don’t put safety first.

If trees need pruning to prevent any issues that may be the result of a winter storm, it's recommended to take care of this now.  Don't use any tools or ladders near power lines.  Always stay at least 10 feet away from power lines.

  • Treat all electric lines with caution.


  • Use only wooden and fiberglass ladders. Metal ladders conduct electricity.


  • Never use electrical equipment or tools near a pool or other wet areas. Additionally, make sure outlets are equipped with a ground fault circuit interrupter, designed to automatically disconnect if the tool comes into contact with water.


  • Be aware and steer clear of overhead electrical wires when installing, removing, cleaning or repairing gutters.


  • Have help when installing or adjusting a satellite dish or antenna. Make sure you’re working at least 10 feet away from overhead power lines.


  • Plant trees and shrubs away from m

    eters, switching cabinets and boxed transformers. Vegetation blocking electrical equipment makes meter reading, repairs and maintenance challenging and sometimes dangerous for utility workers.


  • Underground power lines are just as dangerous as overhead ones. If your project involves digging, make sure the locations of underground power lines are marked. Call 811 to have underground utilities located and marked for free.

For more information, call Pacific Power at 800-375-7085 or visit pacificpower.net/safety.

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