Power Line Safety
Accidentally contacting a power line can be dangerous and in some cases, even deadly. We want our members to stay safe around power lines.
Whether you are playing outdoors with your children or working on landscaping projects, keep a safe distance from power lines and other equipment Dakota Electric uses to get electricity to your home.
- Stay away from power lines, meters, transformers and electrical boxes.
- Don’t climb trees near power lines.
- Never fly kites, remote control airplanes or balloons near power lines.
- If you get something stuck in a power line, call Dakota Electric to get it.
- Keep a safe distance from overhead power lines when working with ladders or installing objects such as antennas.
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.
- Call Dakota Electric at 651-463-6201 to report downed power lines.
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 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, rubber gloves or wire cutters for protection.
Accidentally contacting a power line can be dangerous and in some cases, even deadly. Dakota Electric wants to help our members stay safe around power lines.