SMECO newsletter

volume 66 - issue 4 - April 2016

Stay safe around power lines—look up

First-place team, Great Mills High School

Warmer weather means many people are heading outdoors for projects around the house and yard. Stay safe, and be aware of overhead power lines.

• Never climb power poles, trees near power lines, or transmission towers.

• Keep equipment away from overhead lines when carrying ladders, pool skimmers, and pruning tools.

• If you are doing work close to power lines—such as trimming trees, working on your roof, or doing exterior renovations—keep yourself, your ladder, and anything you are handling a safe distance from the power line.

• Contact SMECO to disconnect power if you are doing work that requires close contact with overhead lines attached to your home.

• Avoid planting trees near overhead power lines. Trees that will grow 20 to 50 feet tall should be planted at least 30 feet from overhead lines.

• If you are planting near the electric transformer, please keep plants at least 10 feet away. It is advisable that you avoid using ivy or other climbing plants that can overtake the equipment. It is also important that you do not adjust the grade around the transformer.

In addition to overhead lines, SMECO has many underground electric lines. Call Miss Utility at 811 before you dig—every time you dig. This applies for every digging job, even small projects like planting a tree or shrub.