Pacific Power urges local residents to be alert when outside

Spring is here and warm weather is already drawing people outdoors for fun, as well as home and yard maintenance projects.

Before reaching for that ladder, extended pruner or fielder’s glove, be conscious of overhead power line locations.

“It is easy to forget that the power lines supplying your house are potentially dangerous,” said Gene Morris, Pacific Power’s director of health, safety and environment.

“Simply moving a metal ladder without being aware of what is overhead could be deadly. Even a momentary electrical contact can have devastating results,” he said.

Pacific Power urges its customers to take simple precautions when working or playing outside to help ensure their safety:

  • Note the location of overhead electrical wires while working and when moving equipment, as well as when installing, removing, cleaning or repairing rain gutters.

  • Check for nearby electrical wires when pruning trees. If lines run through or near your tree, don’t attempt to cut branches or limbs. Instead, call Pacific Power at 1-888-221-7070.

  • When painting a house, note where power lines connect to the house and keep ladders, scaffolding and other equipment away from lines.

  • If moving, adjusting or installing an antenna or satellite dish, keep well away from electrical wires.

  • Be cautious on the roof. Working on a roof may put individuals closer to an overhead power line than they realize and their focus may be more on keeping their footing than on wire locations.

  • Playing catch is a time-honored rite of spring, but keep clear of lines.

  • Flying kites is another fun part of the season, but do it away from overhead power lines and make sure kids have adult supervision. If a kite becomes tangled in electrical wires, immediately let go of the string and make no attempt to remove the kite. Call Pacific Power at 1-888-221-7070.


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