Electrical Power Safety Tips and Reporting Dangerous Conditions
We all enjoy the convenience and productivity which electrical service brings to our homes, schools and businesses. Having harnessed the strength of electricity, we sometimes tend to be complacent about its magnificent power. If not respected, however, electricity can become a killer.
Electrical Power Safety Tips
- Look up and live.
- Consider any overhead or underground line dangerous.
- Keep objects at least 10 feet away from power lines. (In areas where equipment such as augers and booms will be operating, inspect for possible interference with overhead lines.)
- Be especially careful of clearance when handling irrigation pipe or antennas.
- Do not fly kites in areas near power lines.
- Do not attempt to raise or move overhead or underground electric lines.
- Never touch a downed or exposed line – it may be energized.
- Report any situation that appears unsafe.
- Call before you dig, 811.
Reporting Dangerous Conditions
It's Wheatland Electric's job to maintain the power system to provide safe, reliable service. You can help by reporting power line conditions that need attention, such as:
- Broken or leaning poles
- Broken or sagging lines
- Trees growing into lines
- Broken insulators
- Sparks coming from electrical wires or equipment
- Excavation activity in areas where buried lines are likely to exist
- Construction activity under power lines