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.

Electric safety poster contest

SIEA is looking for budding artists to help the electric cooperative promote National Safety Month in June. Students in grades one through five can enter their hand-drawn artwork for our Electric Safety Poster Contest. Posters should include a tip, slogan, or message about power line safety based off of one of the following power line safety concepts: Stay away from power lines, never touch a power line, maintain a 10-foot distance from power lines, accidents and downed power lines, bystanders and downed power lines. A grand prize of $100 will be awarded to one participant. The grand prize entry will also be featured in the June edition of Colorado Country Life magazine. Five winning entries – one from each grade – will be featured each week in June on SIEA’s Facebook page, and will be submitted to local newspapers for publishing consideration. All contestants will receive a gift from SIEA. Entries must be received by 10 p.m. May 7, 2021. Posters will be judged on spelling, grammar, organization, creativity and how well the overall safety message was conveyed. Pictures or scans of posters can be uploaded at https://siea.com/Submittable, or click here to upload your artwork. To upload your entry you must create a free online Submittable account. Neither SIEA nor Submittable will use any contact information submitted for any other purposes than this contest. Have a question? Please email communications@siea.com.

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