Home Safety

  • It is important to never approach or try to move a power line that has fallen to the ground. Keep least 10 feet away.
  • Never dig holes for planting trees, shrubs or other landscaping without determining the location of underground electrical lines.
  • When raising or positioning metal ladders, pool skimmers or scaffolds, first check the area for overhead lines.
  • If you're installing an antenna, whether for radio, television or CB use, watch for overhead electric lines. Keep a safe distance at least one and a half to two times the height of the antenna and mast assembly between the power line and your antenna.
  • Stay off and away from any type of electrical facility, whether it's towers, poles or the fence around a substation.
  • Flying kites or other airborne types around utility lines is dangerous. If a kite or toy airplane gets caught in an overhead line, do not attempt to remove it.
  • Watch out for overhead electric lines near boat docks and piers.
  • If you're inside a car and a live wire comes in contact with your vehicle, stay inside where you are safe and wait for help. The tires of the car provide insulation between the car and ground and should protect you against electrical shock while you remain inside the vehicle.