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At Dakota Electric, we are committed to a culture of safety that is integral to our daily operations. We strive to provide our communities with safe, reliable and affordable electricity and to serve as your trusted energy advisor, now and well into the future.

Power Line Safety
Dakota Electric’s concern for safety extends beyond our employees. We care deeply about the safety of our members and encourage the public to follow these power line safety tips.

Keep a safe distance

  • Whether you are playing outdoors or working on landscaping, keep a safe distance from power lines and other electrical equipment.
  • Stay away from power lines, meters, transformers and electrical boxes.
  • Don’t climb trees near power lines.
  • Never fly kites, remote control airplanes or drones near power lines.
  • Keep a safe distance from overhead power lines when working with ladders or installing objects such as antennas.

Downed power lines

  • A downed power line may still be an energized power line.
  • 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.
  • Always call 911 to report a downed power line.

Vehicle accidents and utility poles

  • If you encounter a vehicle accident involving a utility pole or power line:
  • Call 911 immediately.
  • Don’t touch any passenger who may be in contact with a power line.
  • Don’t touch anything that is in contact with the vehicle.
  • Don’t attempt to move the power lines or utility poles.
  • If passengers must exit the vehicle, jump clear of it without touching the vehicle and ground at the same time. Land with feet together and shuffle away.
  • Don’t rely on rubber boots, raincoats or rubber gloves for protection.

Safety Education Presentations
As part of Dakota Electric’s commitment to educate the public about staying safe around electricity, we offer the following presentations:

Power line safety demonstration

  • Available for adults and children ages 10 and older.
  • Demonstrations can be held on site or at Dakota Electric.
  • Presented by a former powerline specialist.
  • See how powerline specialists stay safe when working with power lines.
  • Hear true stories about electrical contact accidents and learn how to prevent them from happening to you.

Play it safe around electricity

  • Created for children in preschool to third grade.
  • Emphasizes electrical safety rules and facts about saving and producing energy.
  • Includes fun and engaging videos.
  • To schedule a safety demonstration at your school, organization or community event, please contact Brandon Lunde at 651-463-6290 or email [email protected].