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Electric safety

Our power lines bring electricity to the communities we serve and in to your home or business. While we rely on electricity, we sometimes underestimate its force. Knowing a few basic rules can keep you safe around electricity.

Power line safety

  • Never climb power poles, transmission towers or trees near power lines. These structures can deliver a deadly shock.
  • Keep ladders, antennas, kites and poles away from power lines. If you’re holding any of these items and they come in contact with a power line, you could receive an electrical shock.
  • Never attempt to trim vegetation near power lines. Only certified line-clearance professionals are approved to work within 10 feet of energized power lines. All other professionals, arborists, tree trimmers and homeowners must not work within this zone.
  • Assume any downed power line is energized. Never touch or attempt to pick up a fallen line. And never drive over a downed line or under a low-hanging line. Do not try to rescue someone in contact with a power line. Call our emergency number at 800-694-8989 to report a downed power line.