Be Safe Around Power Lines
We are committed to providing safe and reliable service. Our power lines bring electricity to the communities we serve and into your home and are a vital part of the electrical transmission and distribution system.
Here are some basic rules about power line safety:
- Never climb power poles or transmission towers. A typical overhead distribution line has 7,200 volts per wire. Major transmission lines are as high as 500,000 volts. Both can deliver a deadly shock.
- Never climb trees near power lines. The human body is an excellent conductor of electricity, and you could become its path from the lines to the ground if you come in contact with a line.
- Stay away from downed power lines. Always assume a downed power line is live and life threatening. Keep children and pets away from downed lines. Do not attempt to remove a person or animal caught in power lines. Call 911 for help. Do not attempt to remove tree limbs or any other object from a downed line.
- If you see a downed line, call our emergency number or your police or fire department to have the downed line barricaded until it can be repaired. Warn others to stay away.
- Never drive over a downed line or under a low-hanging line. Beware of downed lines touching a vehicle. Stay away from the vehicle and the line. If a power line hits your car while you're inside, stay put, and wait for help. If the car catches fire, then jump clear without touching the metal of the car and the ground at the same time. Shuffle away, keeping both feet on the ground.
Keep ladders, antennas, kites and poles away from power lines. Weatherproofing on overhead wiring is not insulation. If you are holding any of these items and they come into contact with a power line, you could receive an electrical shock.