Look up, look out and locate powerlines when cleaning eavestroughs and windows, working on the
roof, painting the house or pruning trees. Always have a signaller – someone who can watch to make
sure you stay at least 3 metres. Plus, you don’t have to touch a powerline to receive a deadly shock.
Electricity can jump or “arc” to you or your tools if you get too close.
Watch for downed powerlines – if you see one stay back 10 metres or 33 feet (the length of a school
bus) and call 911 and Oshawa Power immediately. 905-723-4623
Keep away from electrical transmission and distribution lines, and never climb utility poles. Always
obey the safety signs. If a toy ends up inside a transformer station, call Oshawa Power at 905-723-
4623 – don’t try to retrieve it yourself.
Call or click before you dig! Powerlines are not only found above ground, they can also be buried
beneath it. Before you start construction on a deck, fence or other landscaping project contact
Ontario One Call at 1-800-400-2255 to locate all utility-owned underground infrastructure including
natural gas, communications and power lines, as well as water and wastewater pipes. Privately
owned underground powerlines require a private locate
Plant trees away from overhead powerlines so they don’t grow up into the powerlines. If your trees
have grown into the powerlines, contact your local utility or a utility arborist. Do not trim trees around
Carry ladders horizontally, never vertically, and check for overhead powerlines before putting them
Talk to your kids about powerline safety and help them find safe places to play, away from utility
poles and powerlines. Choose wide-open spaces to fly kites, and never attempt to retrieve a kite or
any other object that is tangled in a powerline. Remind children never to climb trees near powerlines
and make sure they take a close look since leaves and branches can hide the wires. The green boxes
on lawns or in parks are also off-limits.
Keep plants, trees and fencing a safe distance away from green transformer boxes. At least 3 meters at maturity in front and 1.5 meters on other sides
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