Electricity and natural gas are powerful forces in our lives. It’s hard to imagine getting along without them. But to enjoy their benefits safely, it’s vital to respect their power.
- Use caution when handling appliances and electrical equipment – Never touch appliances, wires or electrical switches with wet hands; always unplug appliances before handling them; and never insert metal objects into an appliance, e.g., a knife into a toaster.
- Check wires for signs of wear – If they are cracked or frayed, replace them. Never pull a plug out by the cord.
- Put safety caps in unused electrical outlets – This is especially important if you have small children in your home.
- Don’t overload outlets – Plugging too many appliances into a single outlet creates a possible fire hazard.
- Don’t run extension cords under carpets or rugs – They could overheat and cause a fire.
Finally, NEVER touch a downed power line and ALWAYS assume it is energized. Call LG&E at 502-589-1444 (call 800-331-7370 outside Louisville) if you ever see a downed line.
Signs of a possible natural gas leak include:
- A hissing or whistling sound outside.
- An odor like sulfur or rotten eggs.
- Blowing dust, bubbling water or discolored plants in the area near your pipeline.
If you suspect a leak:
- Don’t touch any electrical switches – including light switches – or anything else that could cause a spark.
- Don’t use your phone near your home. Get away from the house or the area immediately then call LG&E at 502-589-1444. (Call 800-331-7370 outside Louisville.) Also, call the police to report the situation.
- Don’t start your car.