Electricity is everywhere you go, even if you're off the beaten path. Look for hazards that can be harder to see in winter conditions. Be cautious of guy wires and avoid power line rights-of-way.
Electrical safety is our number one priority and nowhere is this more important than when it comes to kids. Be sure to teach children the meaning of danger signs and to never tamper with guy wires, insulators or other electrical equipment.
Make sure to keep safety in mind when enjoying the great outdoors. While operating your snowmobile or ATV stay away from snow banks near power lines and substations. If traveling over a power line right-of-way, be especially cautious of guy wires, which may not be as noticeable during winter conditions.
Snowmobilers can be injured or killed by utility pole guy wires. Be extra cautious if traveling along a power line right-of-way.
Reservoirs around hydroelectric generating plants are not safe for snowmobiling, ice fishing or other recreational activities. Do not swim in reservoirs around hydroelectric generating plants. The operation of the plant may cause water conditions in the reservoir to change quickly, creating strong underwater currents and unstable ice conditions.
Insulators, cross arms or utility poles should never be used for target practice. One thoughtless shot at a power line can cause a power outage to homes, hospitals and businesses. You are also jeopardizing the safety of our employees and those who may unknowingly come in contact with downed wires.
Do not try to retrieve a ball, or any object, from inside a substation fence. Contact Newfoundland Power for assistance.
Do not swim in reservoirs around hydroelectric generating plants. The operation of the plant may cause water conditions in the reservoir to change quickly, creating strong underwater currents that can overpower even the strongest swimmer.
Don't build a tree house in trees near power lines, and be careful not to allow kids to climb trees growing near power lines. Never attempt to touch an object tangled in a power line. Always call Newfoundland Power for assistance.
Fly kites and model planes in open fields away from power lines. If a kite or model aircraft becomes entangled in a power line, never try to retrieve it. Call Newfoundland Power for assistance.
Use only plain string for kite lines. Wire or cords containing metal threads could pose a shock hazard if they accidentally touch power lines.
During the winter season, severe snowstorms and snow removal equipment can cause a build up of high snow banks near power lines. Overhead power lines are not insulated with a protective outer covering. Touching them, or even coming close to them, can cause serious injury or even death.
High snowbanks can bring children within contact range of live wires. Talk to your kids about the dangers of electricity and the no-go areas.
While we take care to maintain safe conditions around all of our properties, there may be instances when winter storms cause temporary snow build up around substations. Ensure your children know the dangers associated with entering a substation yard.