As the temperature starts to rise and those feelings of dread when heading outdoors disappear, you may start spending a little more time outside. (I mean, 40s is practically shorts weather around here, right?)
However, because being outside increases your exposure to power lines, and also because we want your time enjoying the warmer weather to be safe and enjoyable, we’ve compiled some power line safety reminders for you and your family to ensure you stay safe during your outdoor activities.
- In general, keep your distance from power lines. Contact with these lines can be dangerous, or even fatal. So whether you are playing outside with your children or working on a project in your yard, keep your distance from power lines, meters, transformers and electrical boxes.
- Make sure you or your children do not climb ladders or trees near power lines, as this can increase risk of exposure to the line.
- Avoid flying kites or remote control-operated toys near lines. If you accidentally get an object stuck in a power line, do not try to remove it yourself. Call Cass County Electric Cooperative to remove it for you.
- If you notice a downed power line, do not go near it. Even more importantly, do not touch the line or even anything that the line may be touching.
- If you are ever in a situation where a power line falls on your vehicle, do not attempt to exit the vehicle unless it starts on fire. If the vehicle is not on fire, call for help and warn any bystanders not to touch the car or the downed line. In a situation where your car does start on fire, open the door and jump — do not step — from the vehicle. Then, shuffle your feet until you are 50 or more feet away from your automobile.
If you have any doubts about whether or not a power line poses a risk to your safety in a certain situation, call Cass County Electric Cooperative at 800-248-3292 for clarification.