Failure to notice overhead powerlines could be deadly.
Each year, people are killed or injured when their equipment contacts overhead power lines.
Make sure to stay 10 feet away from lines - above, below and to the side.
Equally important, know what to do if your equipment contacts overhead power lines. Unless there is a fire, stay in the cab and alert others to stay far away. Call for help and stay put until utility crews arrive to make sure the lines are de-energized.
Dangers in your house
- Don't hold an electric appliance when your hands are wet or while standing near water.
- Don't touch a damaged electric appliance, plug, or wire.
- Never touch any electric appliance while in the tub or shower.
- Never out a metal object into an electric appliance without unplugging it.
- Never stick anything into an outlet except a plug
- Don't plug too many things into one outlet.
Dangers outside of your home
- Don't touch or let anything you are holding touch a power line, and don't climb trees, poles, or towers that support power lines.
- Stay away from anything that has a sign reading "Danger High Voltage."
- During a lightning storm, get out of water and stay away from trees. Go inside and stay away from windows and turn off the TV and other appliances.
- Keep electric appliances and toys away from water - such as rain, wet ground, swimming pools and hoses.
- Never go near a fallen power line.