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Power for Progress: Seasons change, the focus on safety remains the same

Power for Progress: Seasons change, the focus on safety remains the same

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As we move closer to fall, it will soon be time to put away the lawnmower and other lawn and gardening tools for the rest of the year. This week, GRDA is passing along some important electric safety tips to keep in mind as we move into the new season.

Power for Progress …

    A weekly column from the Grand River Dam Authority

Seasons change, the focus on safety remains the same



It may be a little bit early to think about parking the lawnmower for the remainder of the year, but the weatherman says there may be a touch of fall in the air this week and, soon enough, the calendar will make it official.

As summer gives way to fall, it is appropriate 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 (esfi.org).

  • When the time does come to put away the lawn maintenance equipment, 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? It’s a good idea to unplug it and store it away as well.
  • 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.
  • It won’t be long until the leaves start falling. 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.


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