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Safety Along Power Lines

Overhead distribution lines on the Cooperative’s system normally carry 7,200 volts of electricity, and can kill instantly upon contact. Look up and stay clear of nearby power lines when using a ladder, pruning trees, cleaning a pool, installing or removing an antenna, or carrying long pipes. Don’t let children climb trees near power lines.

If you come across a downed power line, stay clear. Don’t touch anything or anyone in contact with a downed line. If a power line comes down across your car, stay inside and warn others to stay away from the vehicle until rescue personnel arrive. If you must get out of the car, jump clear without touching the vehicle and the ground at the same time.

Teach children to recognize “Danger – High Voltage” signs, and not to play around substations or power lines. Electricity can travel down the strings of kites or balloons and cause shock or fires, so these toys should only be used in open areas, away from power lines.