Florida Keys Electric Cooperative Association
Florida Keys Electric Cooperative Association
Florida Keys Electric Cooperative Association

Electrical Safety

FKEC urges all members to always use caution when around electricity. It is our priority to keep our members and our employees safe at all times. Below are links to information to help keep you safe around electricity as well as “Safety Reminders” to protect you from the dangers of electrical power.

Safety Outreach

Learn more about our electrical safety and educational programs

Planting Guidelines

View FKEC’s vegetation management program and planting guidelines

Storm Center

Be prepared before, during and after a storm

Portable Generator Safety

Learn more about portable generator safety and proper use

Surge Protection

Learn about the importance and benefits of surge protection

Online Resources

Access other educational safety resources

Safety Reminders:

Safety Outside Your Home
  • Always look up! Keep yourself, tools and equipment at least 10 feet away from power lines. You do not actually have to touch a wire to get shocked. Electricity can jump to a good conductor, such as a metal ladder or antenna if it gets too close to an energized wire.
  • Consider all power lines energized and dangerous. Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately by calling 911 and/or FKEC at (305) 852-2431.
  • Do not prune a limb that is near or touching a wire . Tree limbs contain water and can conduct electricity. See FKEC Vegetation Maintenance for more planting safety tips. Or place on online Tree Trim/Removal Request.
  • Always use grounded, three-prong extension cords outside.
  • Invest in Ground Fault Interrupters (GFIs) for all outdoor circuits.
  • Call before you dig! Before planting or digging always call “Sunshine State” at 811, visit www.call811.com or call FKEC directly at (305) 852-2431.
  • Never enter a substation. High-voltage equipment is very dangerous
  • Do not fly kites near power lines and let go of the string if your kite drifts near electric wires. If your kite becomes tangled with wires call FKEC (305) 852-2431.
Safety In Your Home
  • Never mix water and electricity. That means do not allow a hair dryer, radio or other electronic device to be used around water – especially the bathtub. And never use an appliance in water.
  • Make sure bathroom outlets have a ground fault interrupter, or GFI, device installed. The GFI will trip the electric circuit if a fault is detected.
  • Replace damaged or worn electric cords. And never run a cord under a rug or through a wet area.
  • Use three-pronged plugs when possible. The third prong grounds the circuit and prevents shocks.
  • If a circuit trips and you are not sure why, call a licensed electrician.
  • Never overload a circuit. Big multiple-plug devices lead to overloading and the possibility of a fire.
  • Always unplug electric devices before doing repairs.
  • Use the correct wattage light bulbs. Higher than recommended wattages can overheat and lead to fire
  • Install plastic protective caps over electrical outlets to childproof your home if you have small children.
Safety Away from Home
  • If a wire falls on your vehicle, stay inside your car. If you attempt to get out and one foot touches the ground, an electrified line on your car will complete a circuit to the ground and you can be electrocuted.
  • You don’t have to touch a wire to be electrocuted! Electrical current can flow through water, metal or wet ground. Following a storm, be very careful about contacting a fence or downed trees which may be in contact with a downed power line. If you are too close, you can be injured or killed.
  • Never fire a gun at a power line, insulator, area light or transformer.
  • If you have a sailboat, always be aware of overhead power lines near marinas or any areas where you will have the mast in the upright position.

Online Safety Resources

Safe Electricity.org

AEP Electrical Safety Learning Module

Electrical Safety Foundation International


Florida Keys Electric Cooperative Association
Florida Keys Electric Cooperative Association