Electricity is a tremendous force moving at the speed of light that we generate and control in wires and equipment. As long as electricity is isolated, we can use it safely. But when the full force of electricity is loose, terrible accidents can happen. Knowing a few simple principles can save you from injury or possibly worse.
Learn proper safety around your home's electrical circuit.
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Learn how we maintain the rights-of-way under and around power lines.
Learn how surge protectors can help prevent damage to your home appliances.
Safety City is an electrical safety program for students, youth groups, emergency personnel, contractors, adult groups and other organizations. Safety City uses a model to demonstrate real-life scenarios involving electricity and explain how to stay safe in these situations.
Stay away from downed lines. If you ever see a wire on the ground, assume it is energized. Report a downed wire to the power company, or call 911.
Call us before you work. Protection from contact with overhead wiring is provided by ISOLATION - or distance - not by insulated covering.
If your equipment contacts power lines, electricity may contact with the ground. If so, the earth becomes energized in a large area around the contact. The strength of the electrical charge decreases from the point of contact. This is why it is vital not to separate your feet since there may be a difference in the electrical charge under each foot. This difference could create an electrical path through your body.
If you make contact with a high voltage line while operating heavy equipment take the following precautions:
If it is absolutely necessary to exit the machine, jump as far out as possible and make sure you do not fall back against the machine. Land with both feet together and hop or shuffle your feet a few inches at a time making sure to never break contact with the ground or cause separation between your feet. Don't walk or run. Get as far away as possible.