Power line safety tips

A few things you should know about power lines

  • Treat every power line as if it is energized or “live” and dangerous. Never assume that even a power line on the ground, like the one at right, is safe.
  • Don’t raise any tall objects without looking up. A ladder, antenna, piece of pipe, even wood, can be deadly if contact is made with an electric line.
  • When installing any radio or television antenna, position it away from power lines. A safe distance is twice the height of the antenna and mast assembly.
  • Work only in dry weather and never on a windy day. If an antenna does start to fall, let it go and stay clear. Don’t touch it until you’re sure it’s not touching any wires.
  • Don’t load or unload trucks beneath or near power lines.
  • Call us before you try to trim any trees near power lines. Do not plant trees under power lines.
  • Never fly kites or model airplanes near power lines. If one is caught in a line or nearby tree, leave it alone.
  • If a power line hits your car while you’re in it, stay inside the car and wait for help to arrive. If the car catches fire, jump clear without touching metal and the ground at the same time. Shuffle or hop, with feet together as much as possible, to a safe area away from the fallen power line.