Farmers, as you begin to feel that sense of urgency to continue your harvest, we urge you to remember to keep safety at the top of your mind.
Here are a few basic tips to remember relating to working near power lines safely:
- Maintain a 10-foot clearance around all utility equipment in all directions.
- Use a spotter and deployed flags to maintain safe distances from power linesand other equipment when doing field work.
- If your equipment makes contact with an energized or downed power line, contact us immediately by phone and remain inside the vehicle until the power line is de-energized. In case of smoke or fire, exit
the cab by making a solid jump out of the cab, without touching it at the same time, and hop away to safety.
- Consider equipment and cargo extensions of your vehicle.
- Lumber, hay, tree limbs, irrigation pipe and even bulk materials can conduct electricity, so keep them out of contact with electrical equipment.Source: Safe Electricity
The simplest advice is often the best. In order to keep power line awareness at the top of your mind, remember these words: