Metal irrigation pipes close to power lines cause accidents. On the farm, take care when loading or unloading piping and keep all irrigation equipment at least four metres from overhead power lines. Pay attention to overhead power lines and be careful when you’re working on vehicles with raised apparatus, such as drills, grain augers and ladders.
When replacing or planning new fences don’t follow the same path as overhead power lines. If a fence wire breaks, it could flick upwards and come into contact with an overhead power line.
When working with any power tools, use a Residual Current Device (RCD), which will shut off the electricity supply in the event of a dangerous situation or accident.
Using portable generators safely
Portable generators are designed to be moved around – when you’re going camping, for example. They’re not intended for general household electricity supply.
They are only for temporary power supply to a few appliances at a time through flexible cords.
- Never add fuel to your generator while it’s running
- Add appliances progressively one by one, starting with the largest.
- Never add appliances all at once or connect loads that exceed your generator’s maximum output rating e.g. 2000 watts (2 kilowatts).
- Don’t attempt to connect your generator to the supply through a wall outlet or by altering your house wiring.
- Never use a generator inside a building. This could create the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning or fire.
- For additional safety, use a safety switch designed especially for generators.
- Always use a multiple-outlet box with built in load limiters. Don’t piggy-back cords on one outlet, as this is known to cause fires.