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Spring Weather Safety Tips

Outdoor Safety

  • ReportAccidents can happen with downed power lines, even without contact, so always stay as far away as possible.
  • Always stay clear of power lines. Know where they are located and assume they are energized at all times.
  • Avoid planting tall-growing trees under power lines. Trees and tree limbs that interfere with power lines pose a major outage risk during storms. Read our planting guidance to learn which vegetation is best around power lines. 
  • Avoid landscaping around ground mounted utility equipment. During an outage our restoration crews may need to access this equipment.
  • Whenever your work brings you near power equipment, call us. We will work with you to make your work environment is as safe as possible.

Call 811 Before You Dig

If you’re planning a project that involves any type of digging, you are required to call 811 before you dig to have the location of any underground utilities on your property marked. View your state's 811 timelines and requirements

This free service can protect you from unintentionally hitting underground utility lines, which can cause harm to you and those around you, disrupt service to an entire neighborhood and potentially make you liable for fines and repair costs.

Ladder Safety

  • When you’re working with ladders, power tools or tree branches, stay as far away as possible from any overhead wires.
  • Contacting an overhead wire with your body or a conductive object like a ladder, pole or roofing material can cause serious injury or death.
  • Plan and survey the area before you start working. If there’s any power equipment in your worksite, you want to know exactly where it is, what it’s touching and have a plan to avoid it.
  • Always maintain three points of contact while using a ladder. Keep your body inside the rails; never lean or reach.

Spring Weather Safety