Stay safe around elec­tric­ity dur­ing a busy spring

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With the ar­rival of spring and warmer weather, a busy con­struc­tion sea­son has be­gun and farm­ers will soon be re­turn­ing to their fields to start seed­ing. Dur­ing this busy sea­son, Saskpower wants to re­mind our cus­tomers to take the ex­tra time to look up and live when work­ing near elec­tric­ity.

“We con­tinue to see a num­ber of power line con­tacts each year in Saskatchewan,” said Kevin Sch­wing, Di­rec­tor of Health and Safety. “Line con­tacts not only can cause in­jury or death, but also have an im­pact on the in­di­vid­ual’s fam­ily, friends and com­mu­ni­ties.”

Since 2010, there have been over 5,900 power line con­tacts in Saskatchewan, caus­ing 28 in­juries and four fa­tal­i­ties. Com­mon causes of power line con­tacts in­clude: fa­tigue, un­der­es­ti­mat­ing the dis­tance, height or width of equip­ment when work­ing near pow­er­lines; and dig­ging too close to a line.

All power line con­tacts are pre­ventable and steps that can be taken to pre­vent your­self from con­tact­ing a power line in­clude:

• 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 www.sask1stcall.com be­fore you dig. We will send some­one out to lo­cate any un­der­ground lines so you can avoid them while do­ing your work.

If you see a power line on the ground, stay back at least 10 me­tres, or ap­prox­i­mately the length of two cars, and call Saskpower at 306310-2220 or 911. For more in­for­ma­tion on elec­tri­cal safety, in­clud­ing preven­tion and steps to take if you hit a power line, can be found at www. saskpower.com/ safety. #skpow­er­safe

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