What you should do
BE PREPARED AND HAVE THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT
Careful preparation and proper equipment are essential when working near power lines. The safest option is to hire an experienced professional to conduct the required work.
Ontario construction regulations require workers to stay at least three metres away from live power lines. Play it safe by expanding this margin whenever you are working with equipment that can fall or collapse.
IDENTIFY ALL POWER CABLES BEFORE BEGINNING YOUR WORK
Never assume an area is free of power cables. If you are raising a ladder look up first to ensure there are no overhead cables. Find out about underground cables before you dig - it is the quick and simple way to avoid the possible consequences of electrical contact. For assistance in locating underground cables, visit our Underground Cable Locate page.
AVOID DOWNED LINES
Storms can mean fallen power lines or damaged trees. Approaching a downed line or attempting to clear storm damaged trees that are close to power lines could cause serious injury or death. Stay back at least 10 metres and call your local emergency authorities.
CONDUCT A FULL SYSTEM CHECK
Is your electrical system up to code? Have your system checked by an inspector from the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA). Inspections are necessary when wiring is installed in a new or existing building. If your wiring is old, it is a good idea to have it checked — it is a small price to pay for knowing that your electrical system is safe. Call the ESA at
1-877-ESA-SAFE (372-7233) to book a system check.