Be safe when working near power lines
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – May 15, 2018 – In conjunction with National Electrical Safety Month, Black Hills Energy is urging customers and the general public to take extra caution when working around electric power lines.
"Ensuring the safety of our employees, our customers and the general public is at the forefront of all we do.”
“Providing safe and reliable energy to our customers is our top priority," said Shirley Welte, Black Hills’ vice president of electrical and gas operations in Wyoming. “And ensuring the safety of our employees, our customers and the general public is at the forefront of all we do.”
“Contact with electric power lines can result in serious injury or even death,” said Welte. “So we can’t stress enough the importance of identifying and locating overhead power lines and underground utilities before you start an outside project.”
Power line safety tips from Black Hills Energy:
- Look up and locate power lines – take extra caution when trimming trees, working with ladders or transporting equipment around overhead power lines.
- Work at a safe distance –keep yourself, your tools and your equipment more than 10 feet away from power lines.
- Stay away from downed power lines – always assume a downed or low-hanging power line is energized and stay far away. If you see a downed power line, clear the area immediately and call Black Hills Energy at 800-694-8989.
- Call 811 before you dig – have your underground utility lines marked two to three days before your start your project. It’s free and it’s the law.
For more information, visit www.blackhillsenergy.com/safety.