Safety starts at home
Home owners who are busy maintaining their property become focused on the task at hand, and frequently disregard their immediate environment. Many of these individuals encounter high voltage wires with tragic results.
Cleaning out eaves troughs, pruning trees, erecting flag poles, decorating for the holidays and painting are all seasonal activities that require precautions. Always check the location of overhead wires in relation to where you are working.
Regardless of the activity, safety is a practice for all seasons.
Always carry your ladder horizontally, it’s easier on your back, and much safer. When you buy a ladder, consider those made of fiberglass or wood. They do not conduct electricity as well as aluminum.
Digging on your property also requires caution. Because of the depth of underground wires, you won’t encounter them planting flowers and shrubs. However, before digging post holes, deck supports or anything that needs to go below the frost line, always check with Woodstock Hydro, for the location of underground high voltage wires.
POWERLINE SAFETY IN ONTARIO
From 1998 to 2004, 46 electrocutions occurred in Ontario as a result of contact with powerlines. Powerline contact represents 75% of all outdoor fatalities, and 75% of occupational deaths involving powerline contact results from ladders contacting powerlines. [ ... ]
Electrical safety is the number one priority when considering the distribution of electricity. We sometimes take this highly refined form of energy for granted, however we should not underestimate the near and present danger that failing or improperly installed electrical installations pose to the public and electrical workers alike. [ ... ]