7 Essential Powerline Safety Tips
- 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 powerlines yourself.
- Carry ladders horizontally, never vertically, and check for overhead powerlines before putting them up.
- 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