Power Line Safety

Danger Overhead Power Lines Sign

Accidentally contacting a power line can be dangerous and in some cases, even deadly. Your cooperative wants to help our members stay safe around power lines.

Keep a Safe Distance

Whether you are playing outdoors with your children or working on landscaping projects, keep a safe distance from power lines and other equipment your co-op uses to get electricity to your home.

Always Remember

  • Stay away from power lines, meters, transformers, and electrical boxes
  • Don’t climb trees near power lines
  • Never fly kits, remote control airplanes or balloons near power lines
  • If you get something stuck in a power line, call your Touchstone Energy co-op to get it
  • Keep a safe distance from overhead power lines when working with ladders or installing objects such as antennas
  • Never touch or go near a downed power line
  • Don’t touch anything that may be touching a downed wire, such as a car
  • Keep children and pets away

Power Line Hazards & Cars

  • If a power line falls on a car, you should stay inside the vehicle –This is the safest place to stay
  • Warn people not to touch the car or the line
  • Call or ask someone to call the local cooperative and emergency services

The only circumstance in which you should consider leaving a car that is in contact with a downed power line is if the vehicle catches on fire:

  • Open the door
  • Do not step out of the car –You may receive a shock
  • Jump free of the car so that your body clears the vehicle before touching the ground
  • Once you clear the car, hop with both feet together at least 50 feet away
  • Do not try to help someone else from the car while you are standing on the ground

As in all power line-related emergencies, call for help immediately by dialing 911 or call your electric utility company’s Service/Dispatch Office.