Electricity is a flowing force. It always seeks ground and will take all paths to get there – it will flow through water, metal, trees, wood, rubber, straw, tires or people. If you enter the path by touching energized wires or cables with your body or other conductive items, you could become part of the electrical circuit and receive a shock that could injure or kill you.
To provide you with electricity safely, ATCO Electric Yukon strings the power lines along wood poles well out of normal reach. The wires rest on insulators to prevent the electricity from finding a path to ground.
Coming into contact with overhead power lines can be fatal. To ensure you and your loved ones remain safe, please take a few moments and get to know the Power Safe Steps.
1. Stay Clear
2. Plan Your Work
3. Where's The Line
4. Avoid Danger Zones
5. Be Power Safe at Home
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Stay at least 15 metres from a downed power line or other damaged facility. The voltage on the ground is highest in the immediate area around the electrical source and decreases with distance (see illustration below). Walking over the area can cause a fatal shock.
If you feel a tingling sensation, stop immediately, place your feet together and shuffle or hop out of the area without touching anything with your hands.
If you are driving a vehicle that touches a downed power line, you are generally safe as long as you stay in the vehicle. Others are safe as long as they stay back 15 metres.
Take great care to avoid overhead or underground power lines, especially when performing dangerous activities such as:
While every effort has been made to provide accurate and complete information for your safety, ATCO Electric Yukon is not liable for any loss, costs, damage or injury resulting from the use of this material, or from accidental contacts with electricity. For more information on electrical safety and related topics, contact ATCO Electric Yukon at 1-800-661-0513, 633-7000 or contact us online.
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