Activity Safety

  • If it’s raining or the ground is wet, avoid using electric yard tools.
  • Inspect power tools and electric lawn mowers for frayed power cords, broken plugs and weathered or damaged housings before every use. Keep your tools unplugged and stored in dry areas when they are not in use.
  • If you plan on digging, please call your local underground utility locator at 811.
  • Use caution near swimming pools. Do not use electrical appliances or extension cords around them.
  • Be sure outdoor outlets near water have ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) to prevent shock injuries.
  • When maintaining the yard, be sure to keep cans of gasoline away from your gas grill!
  • Fly kites in open spaces free of power lines.
  • If your kite becomes tangled in a power line, never try to retrieve it. Do not touch any part of the kite, including the tail or kite string.
  • Keep your kite grounded in stormy weather. Wet kite strings conduct electricity from power lines and lightning.
  • Build kites only out of non-conductive materials like wood, paper and string. Wire, tinsel and metal conduct electricity upon contact with electric wires or lightning.
  • Never climb trees or build tree houses in trees that are near power lines.
  • Never climb a utility pole or transmission tower.
  • Never climb on substation fences or enter them. If an animal or a ball should ever enter the fenced area, call Ameren.
  • Never swing on or play with a guy wire.
  • Do not light or play with natural gas appliances.
  • Keep all flammable cleaning materials and painting materials away from natural gas appliances.
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