Electricity has become such a part of our everyday lives—at home and at work—that we sometimes forget how dangerous it can be. If you touch equipment that is in contact with a power line, electricity could instantly pass through you causing a potentially fatal shock. Use the safety guidelines below to avoid accidents.

Keep Your Distance

Never place yourself or an object (crane, ladder, pole, antennas, or other equipment) within ten feet of a high voltage power line. Also:

  • Never climb trees near power lines
  • Never climb utility poles or towers
  • Stay away from electric substation equipment
  • Don’t fly kites or model airplanes near power lines.  If they get entangled, they could become a conductor of electricity

Keep Calm

If your equipment or vehicle comes in contact with a power line, don’t panic. Stay in your vehicle unless there is danger of fire. Wait for help.

If you must leave your vehicle, jump as far away from the vehicle and be sure that no part of your body touches the ground and the vehicle at the same time.  Stay away from the vehicle until emergency personnel say it’s safe.

Respect All Downed Lines

Stay away from all downed lines and call NU immediately at 423-625-2810. 

Assume any downed line is energized and never touch or move a downed line.  Do not attempt to rescue someone who is in contact with a downed line.  Wait on emergency personnel.

Other Important Safety Tips

  • Never use an electric appliance in the tub, shower or when standing on a wet surface.
  • Never touch an electric cord or appliance while your hands are wet.
  • Don’t overload electric outlets with too many plugs.
  • Avoid using extension cords, especially to connect a light or appliance permanently.
  • If you have small children, cover all outlets with plastic safety caps.
  • Never insert a metal object into a toaster or other appliance.
  • When replacing a burned-out fuse in your home’s service panel, switch off the power first. Restore power after installing a new fuse of the correct rating.