We want you and your loved ones to always be safe around electricity. Never get too comfortable with your surroundings— look for power lines and other electrical hazards each and every time you start working around your home or yard.
How to Prevent a Contact
- Look up and live: Plan your work in advance, lower equipment and use a spotter to prevent contact with overhead power lines.
- Before you dig: To avoid contacting underground power lines call Sask 1st Call at 1(866)828-4888 or visit www.sask1stcall.com.
How to React to a Downed Power Line
- Stay back: If you see a downed power line, stay back at least 10 metres (33 feet) and call SaskPower at 310-2220 or call 911.
- Stay put: If your vehicle or equipment contacts a power line call SaskPower at 310-2220 or call 911 and stay put until help arrives.
- Last resort: If your vehicle is on fire and you must exit:
- Make sure no wires are in your way.
- Stand in doorway, cross arms, put feet together.
- Jump as far as possible, land with feet together.
- Do not touch the vehicle.
- Keep arms crossed, feet together, and HOP at least 10 metres to safety.
Make sure electrical cords are insulated with plastic to avoid getting shocked. Replace damaged cords immediately.
Plugs and Outlets
Too many cords plugged into one outlet can be a fire hazard. Use a power bar to avoid overloading outlets.
Bulbs and Lamps
An overheated bulb or lamp could start a fire. Take the right steps at home to ensure your family’s safety.
Other Electrical Equipment
Don’t take shortcuts when dealing with electricity. Be aware of the appliances and equipment that use electricity in and around your home.