Idaho Power Offers Tips for National Electrical Safety Month

May is National Electrical Safety Month, and Idaho Power wants customers to stay safe whether playing or working outdoors or spending time around the house.

Stay Safe Outside
Always check surroundings for overhead lines, and plan before you dig. Keep the following in mind:

  • Keep people and equipment at least 10 feet away from overhead power lines.
  • Be especially careful when moving ladders, tall pipes or setting out sprinklers. See this video for more information.
  • Don’t store anything under or near power lines.
  • Don’t fly drones, kites or other objects near power lines.
  • Call Dig Line at 811 at least two days before digging to avoid underground utility lines. The service is free, and Idaho law requires you to call before you dig.

Stay Safe at Home
With everyone spending more time at home, have a family conversation about electrical safety. The following are good reminders:

  • Check the cords around the house — replace them if they are broken, frayed or damaged.
  • Only use extension cords with three-prong plugs for appliances that must be grounded.
  • Keep flammable materials away from electric heaters when you use them on chilly spring nights.
  • Never use any electric appliance near water.

Safety is a value at Idaho Power. For more safety tips and information, visit

Erica Shiflet
Communications Leader