Energy+ is proud to participate with the Electrical Safety Authority in promoting safety and awareness of the dangers of overhead powerlines through Powerline Safety Week.
Look Up and Look Out for Powerlines
From 2003-2013, 28 electrocutions occurred in Ontario as a result of contact with powerlines. Powerline contact represents 58 per cent of all outdoor fatalities.
It is VERY important to be aware of potential shock hazards associated with electrical distribution equipment like hydro poles, powerlines, transformers and transformer stations.
Follow these tips to stay safe:
- Watch for downed powerlines. If you see one, stay back at least 10 meters (33 feet or the length of a school bus) and call 911 and Contact Us.
- Keep away from electrical transmission and distribution lines. Always obey the safety signs. It a toy ends up inside a transformer station, Contact Us - don't try to retrieve it yourself. Never fly kites in a place where you can see powerlines.
- Look up when working near powerlines. Before you start work, make sure you know where the powerlines are. Always have a signaller - someone who can watch to make sure you stay a safe distance away - and remember, you don't have to touch a powerline for it to hurt you. Electricity can jump or 'arc' from a powerline to a metal object (like a ladder, pole, truck boom).
- Call before you dig. Whether it's in your yard or on a job site, always make sure underground powerlines and other utility equipment is well marked.