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Contact with a powerline is very dangerous and can happen in an instant, but its impact is felt forever. From serious injury to death, the results are always devastating.
A simple chore like removing leaves from an eavestrough can turn into a life-changing event around overhead powerlines if necessary safety precautions aren’t taken.
Most Ontarians don’t think about the silent but potentially deadly risks posed by overhead powerlines. We depend on powerlines to power our homes, businesses, and neighbourhoods. It’s important to always respect their power by exercising safety precautions when playing or working around them.
Look up, look out and locate power lines to avoid any potential hazards!
When cleaning eavestroughs and windows, working on the roof, painting the house or pruning trees. Always have a signaller - someone who can watch to make sure you stay at least 3 meters away from the power lines.
Keep your distance from overhead powerlines, 3-6 meters (10-20 feet) minimum.
You don't have to touch a powerline to receive a deadly shock. Electricty can jump or "arc" to you or your tools if you get to close.
Some electrical utility equipment is located on the ground, such as locked steel cabinets ("green boxes") that contain transformers. Transformers are part of our electricity system.
Transformers convert voltage from our electricity system into a level suitable for your home. A large amount of energy is stored in transformers!
Opening, touching, or removing contants of electrical equipment is very dangerous. You could be seriously hurt or killed. It is important to stay informed and do not tamper with electrical equipment.
How close can you come to downed overhear power lines?
Overhead power lines are a necessary component of our electricity distribution system. These power lines carry high voltage electricity and can cause serious harm if anyone gets too close to them.
Downed overhead power lines can be caused by storms, ice, equipment failure, or vehicle accidents.
If you see a downed overhead powerline, stay a minimum of 10 meters or 33 feet (the length of a school bus) away from downed overhead power lines. Call 911 immediately and then call your Local Distribution Company – for Wellington North Power Inc. 519-323-1710.