As the weather begins to warm up, people will be spending more time outdoors working, playing and taking care of projects in their yards. With the shift to sunshine and springtime, Rocky Mountain Power reminds everyone to stay safe around power lines, and other electrical equipment, during the course of outdoor activities.
"While electricity is an important part of our daily lives, it also is unforgiving and can cause serious injury or death if safety precautions aren't properly observed," said Mike Felice, Rocky Mountain Power safety director. "Because even momentary electrical contact can have devastating results, your best protection while working or playing outdoors is to always stay alert and be aware of the location of overhead and underground power lines. Avoid doing anything that could potentially lead to contact between yourself or an object you're touching and a power line."
Rocky Mountain Power makes it part of its mission to raise awareness about potential electrical safety hazards. The company provides electrical safety information to customers through bill inserts, safety advertisements and information on its Web site.
The company has the theme of "Look up and live" this spring as they try to warn people about the dangers of electrical lines.
First of all they ask that people pay attention to the location of all overhead power lines. 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 Rocky Mountain Power at 888-221-7070.
When painting a house or trim, 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.
Check trees for overhead wires running near or through limbs and branches before climbing or building tree houses. If lines are present, do not climb the tree.
If you spot an electrical wire down, keep everyone out of the area (including pets) and immediately call 911 or Rocky Mountain Power at 888-221-7070.
Never try to move or go near a downed wire and always assume a downed wire is energized and dangerous, even if it isn't sparking. Touching a live line or anything near it, like a fence or puddle of water, can cause electricity to flow through your body, resulting in serious injury or death.
Finally, digging into underground power lines can be just as dangerous as contacting an overhead power line. Whether you are a professional excavator or a homeowner, always call 811 to reach the underground utility locating service in your area at least 48 hours before you plan to dig.