Stay safe around overhead power lines

It can be all too easy to overlook things that we see every day—such as overhead power lines. However, failure to notice high voltage power lines can be a deadly oversight.

Safe Electricity encourages everyone to look up and around you. Follow these guidelines as you prepare to work on outdoor projects this year:

  • Always be aware of the location of power lines, particularly when using long tools like ladders, pool skimmers, and pruning poles. Be sure to lower your long equipment when you are moving it. Carry ladders and other long items horizontally whenever possible.
  • Be careful when working on or around your roof—installing rooftop antennas and satellite dishes, installing or cleaning gutters, or doing repair work. Never go up on the roof in windy or bad weather.
  • Be especially careful when working near power lines attached to your house. Keep equipment and yourself at least 10 feet from lines.
  • Never trim trees near power lines—leave that to the professionals. Never use water or blower extensions to clean gutters near electric lines. Contact a professional maintenance contractor.
  • Never climb trees near power lines. Even if the power lines are not touching the tree, they could come in contact when more weight is added to the branch.

For more information on electrical safety and to see videos about power line safety, visit www.SafeElectricity.org.

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Electric safety poster contest

To help promote National Safety Month in June. Students in grades one through five were invited to enter their hand-drawn artwork about overhead powerline safety for an Electric Safety Poster Contest. Students were instructed to include a tip, slogan, or message about power line safety about one of the following power line safety concepts:  

  • Stay away from power lines 
  • Never touch a power line 
  • Maintain a 10-foot distace from power lines 
  • Accidents and downed power lines 
  • Bystanders and downed power lines.  

Stay away from downed power lines

Never touch a power line

Maintain a 10-foot distance

Accidents and downed power lines

Bystanders and downed power lines

2021 Electrical Safety Poster Contest Winners

Grand Prize Winner

Natalie Funkhauser

3rd Grade



1st Grade Winner

Moises Hilario

Fisher’s Peak Elementary School


2nd Grade Winner

Emilee Pearson

Fisher’s Peak Elementary School


4th Grade Winner

Gabbi Montoya

Cedar Ridge Elementary School


5th Grade Winner

Keane Abeyta

Fisher’s Peak Elementary School