What is a safe distance to stay from overhead powerlines?
Look up and be aware with any outdoor activities like flying kites, climbing trees, using ladders or cutting branches.
Remember to keep a safe distance of
3 to 6 metres.
How far must you stay from a downed powerline?
If you see a downed powerline caused by a storm or accident, maintain a distance of
10 metres or more and report it to Hydro One at 1-800-434-1235.
What’s the risk if you don’t keep a safe distance?
You don’t have to touch a powerline to get a deadly shock. If you get too close, electricity can jump or “arc” to you or your tools, so always stay 3 metres back.
What’s a safe distance to plant trees around powerlines?
Plant new trees 10 metres away from powerlines on or near your property. Plan ahead to ensure that, as the tree matures, its branches don’t interfere with powerlines.
Is it safe to trim your trees near powerlines?
If your trees are close to powerlines, it’s recommended to hire an arborist to prune your trees. For the safety of the arborist, contact us in advance to request a Temporary Disconnect.
If a powerline comes down on your vehicle, what do you do?
If you're in a vehicle and an overhead powerline comes down on top of it,
stay inside and call 9-1-1.
If there's a fire and the vehicle has a powerline on top of it, what do you do?
Leave the vehicle immediately.
Jump out with your feet together so that you don't touch the ground and vehicle at the same time — This is called the "bunny hop".
Do you need to contact Ontario One Call every time you dig?
Yes. No matter how big or how small the digging project, it is a legal requirement to obtain underground cable locates every time.
How do you keep kids safe around powerlines?
Help kids find safe places to play, away from utility poles and powerlines. Talk to your children about powerline safety and remind them never to climb trees near powerlines.