The warm temperatures have been inviting residents to do some much needed work outside.
Construction crews are out and about working on a number of projects. Farmers are out in the fields completing what is left from last year's harvest. Yards and homes are slowly receiving upgrades as renovations and projects pick up for residents.
With all the activity taking place outdoors, SaskPower is issuing a friendly reminder for people to be aware of their surroundings when working near power lines.
Some people may think it is a rare instance where someone is injured or killed from an accident with electricity. But, believe it or not, the risk is definitely higher than people would think.
Since 2010, there have been over 5,900 power line contacts in the province, causing 28 injuries and four fatalities.
In SaskPower's latest release on the matter, common causes of power line contacts include:
- underestimating the distance, height or width of equipment when working near powerlines;
- digging too close to a line.
With all these factors in mind, there are methods in assuring you can protect yourself and those around you while working near power lines. SaskPower offers the following steps which can help prevent contact with lines:
- Take multiple breaks throughout the day and ensure you get plenty of rest before heading to work. Drinking plenty of water can also help prevent fatigue.
- Be aware of the power lines around you and plan your route ahead of time. Lower equipment where needed and use a spotter to prevent contact.
- Call 1(866)828-4888; or visit sask1stcall.com before you dig. SaskPower will send someone out to locate any underground lines so you can avoid them while doing your work.
Residents are asked to stay at least 10 metres (approximately the length of two cars) back from power lines found on the ground and call SaskPower or 911.
For more information on electrical safety, including prevention and steps to take if you hit a power line, visit www.saskpower.com/safety.