Staying Safe Near Downed Power Lines

Power Line Safety - Overhead powerlines can carry more than 500,000 volts. Touching one of the lines can provide a path for electricity to the ground and seriously injure or kill you. Assume all power lines are energized and dangerous.

If you come across a downed power line, always assume the line is live and dangerous. Power lines can energize the ground up to 35 feet in diameter, that’s about three car lengths. If the ground is wet, it could be even more. Immediately call 911 to report the downed line. Never try to move […]

Recreational Vehicle Fire Safety

Firefighter battling old motorhome fire.

Traveling and living in motor homes, campers, and recreational vehicles has grown significantly over the past few years. Each year, fires in them cause deaths, injuries, and millions of dollars in damages. Common locations for fires in motorhomes are the kitchen, engine area, and the electrical system. With a few simple safety tips, you can […]

Tips to Prevent Home Garage Fires

Home suburban car garage interior with wooden shelf, tools equipment stuff storage warehouse on white wall indoor. Vehicle parked at house parking background. DIY workbench for repair home appliances.

Every year, there are over 6,000 garage fires in homes within the US, with electrical malfunction being the leading cause (shorts in wires, damaged wires, overloading electrical outlets, etc). Garage fires tend to spread farther and cause more injuries and greater dollar loss than fires that start in all other areas of the home. FEMA […]