Electrical Safety Outdoors


Outdoor Electrical Safety

  1. Trees, particularly if wet, can conduct electricity. If you plan to trim, prune or pick fruit from a tree, make sure that branches and tools don’t contact power lines. If you’re not sure, don’t do the work. Call us. Our Forestry Crew may be able to assist you.
  2. When installing or removing an antenna, make sure no power lines are nearby. The rule is to remain at least 10 feet (plus the length of the antenna) away from all lines.
  3. Never touch a downed wire. Even if the wire appears dead, touching it could be fatal. If your car hits a hydro pole and dislodges wires, stay inside until a hydro crew removes the wire. If you must get out because of fire, jump free with both feet together and without touching the car and the ground at the same time. Shuffle away using small steps. Do not return to the car for any reason and warn others to keep away.
  4. Ladders, scaffolds and other equipment should be set up at least 10 feet away from all lines as well as the electric service cable connected to your house or building.
  5. Power tools should have either a three-prong plug or double insulation. Never cut the third prong from a plug. If you need an extension cord, use a proper three-wire, grounded cord. Keep all tools and cords in good condition and never use power tools on wet grass or other wet surfaces.
  6. Before digging, call to locate underground power lines. To cut through a power line could cause injury and black out an entire area. Oshawa Power is utilizing the services of “Ontario One Call” for cable locates. Please call them toll free at 1-800-400-2255.
  7. Before planting trees, make sure that they will not be growing into power lines.
  8. Be on the lookout for electrical wires when sailing or launching your boat. If the mast or antenna were to touch a power line, it could be fatal.

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