Accidentally contacting a power line can be dangerous and in some cases, even deadly. Slope Electric Cooperative wants to help our members stay safe around power lines.
Keep a safe distance
Whether you are playing outdoors with your children or working on landscaping projects, keep a safe distance from power lines and other equipment your co-op uses to get electricity to your home.
Always remember to:
- Stay away from power lines, meters, transformers and electrical boxes.
- Don’t climb trees near power lines.
- Never fly kits, remote control airplanes or balloons near power lines.
- If you get something stuck in a power line, call your Touchstone Energy co-op to get it.
- Keep a safe distance from overhead power lines when working with ladders or installing objects such as antennas.
- Never touch or go near a downed power line.
- Don’t touch anything that may be touching a downed wire, such as a car.
- Keep children and pets away.
Overhead power lines carry thousands of volts of electricity. Accidental contact with one of these wires may result in serious injury or death. Almost all of these accidents can be avoided with a greater awareness for overhead power lines and by incorporating safe electrical practices during work or play. Always keep your tools, equipment, and yourself at least 10 feet from overhead power lines. Know the height of all equipment before attempting to move them under power lines. Completely lower equipment before transporting.
If you should come across a damaged line or utility pole, contact Slope Electric immediately at 579-4191 or 800-559-4191. Our line crews are trained to handle this emergency and will go to repair the line as soon as possible.