Evergy releases ladder safety tips as many decorate for holidays

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Published: Nov. 30, 2022 at 1:54 PM CST
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Evergy has released some safety tips as many decorate for the holidays.

As many begin to decorate their homes for the holidays, Evergy said it has released a few safety tips for those who may be working on a ladder or around power lines.

If residents do plan to use a ladder to install holiday lights, Evergy said they should take the following precautions:

  • Always look up and look out for overhead power lines or equipment.
  • Keep yourself and ladders far away - at least 10 feet in all directions, at all times - from power lines, including service lines that connect to the meter on your house.
  • Be sure to carry ladders horizontally.
  • Make sure the area above the ladder is clear before placing it upright.
  • Long ladders may be unwieldy, so ask for help in carrying and setting them up.
  • Always make sure that the ladder is on a solid, level surface before attempting to climb.

Evergy noted that power lines are intentionally installed out of reach - or buried underground - to prevent human contact. To reduce the risk of contact, it said to:

  • Look up when carrying a ladder to ensure you don’t make contact with a line. Use fiberglass or wooden ladders instead of metal
  • Call before you dig. Call 1-800-DIG-SAFE in Kansas and 1-800-DIG-RITE in Missouri to find out where power lines and other utilities are buried before you start any digging project

For more information or other safety tips, click HERE.