Safety First

The changes in weather remind us of routine maintenance work to be done. High winds and heavy snowfall can have a costly and even dangerous impact on our communities. Branches may harm power lines if they fall, so be sure to keep an eye out for any trees that could cause trouble.

With outdoor projects, safety should always come first. Here are a few tips:

  • Do not attempt to prune a tree if power lines run through or near it. Call your local power company instead.
  • Use a fiberglass or wooden ladder. Metal ladders conduct electricity.
  • Plant shrubs and trees away from meters, boxed transformers, and switching cabinets. If vegetation is blocking such equipment it can make repairs, maintenance and meter reading difficult and even dangerous for utility workers.

Remember, underground power lines are just as dangerous as those found overhead. If your project involves any digging, make sure to get your underground utility lines marked. It’s free! It’s also the law. To speak to a live agent, please dial 811. Homeowners can click HERE to process a request online through our Homeowner Portal. Professional excavators can request locates online by clicking HERE.

We can’t stop the weather but by putting safety first, we can certainly avoid damage and injury.

Until next time, safe digging!

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