Work and live safely around power lines
Whether you’re at home or on the job, following these tips can help prevent accidents near power lines.
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If you see a downed power line, stay calm and steer clear. Read our full list of safety tips to learn more.
Call 911 to report a downed power line.
Working around overhead power lines
Contractors and homeowners should exercise extreme caution when working around overhead lines. To avoid power outages, fires and other safety risks, SRP recommends you:
- Keep cranes, ladders and other heavy equipment at least 10 feet away from lines.
- Have trees trimmed to avoid contact with lines.
- Learn more by attending SRP’s Electrical Safety Workshop.
Underground power lines – call 811 before you dig
SRP has more underground power lines than overhead power lines. That’s why it’s so important to plan ahead. Visiting arizona811.com before you dig will help you:
- Know where power, cable, phone, water and gas lines are located.
- Avoid power outages and costly damages by cutting one of those lines.
- Prevent serious injury or death.
Don’t become a cautionary tale. Call 811 before you dig.
Everyday ways to stay safe
Take these steps to prevent outages and protect yourself and others from the dangers of power lines:
- Secure loose objects before a storm.
- Stay 10 feet away from lines, including trees and tools.
- Don’t post signs on poles that can blow into lines.
- Leave 3 feet of space around SRP equipment.