Commitment to safety.

Safety first

Protecting our community.

We are dedicated to educating our members and the public on electrical safety, emphasizing what to do in emergencies and how to prevent them. This page provides essential safety tips, including avoiding downed power lines, adhering to equipment height restrictions near lines, and actions during power outages. Additionally, discover how EQUS’ vegetation management and wildfire prevention efforts are integral to maintaining safety and reducing risks for our members and our communities.

Always be aware of the location of overhead and underground power lines when working or playing outdoors. Ensure equipment and tall objects stay clear of overhead lines, and never approach a downed power line.

Protect yourself

Staying safe near power lines.

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Tree and Power Line Safety

Trees that grow too close to power lines pose a serious hazard. If you notice trees touching or nearing power lines, do not attempt to trim them yourself. Contact EQUS and our trained professionals will assess and safely manage the situation to minimize risk to you and your property and reduce outages.

Power Line Safety Tips

Always be aware of overhead and underground power lines when working outdoors. Maintain a minimum distance of 7 metres from overhead lines. Before digging, call to locate any underground lines. When using ladders, long tools, or moving tall equipment, ensure you have ample clearance from power lines. Remember, electricity can arc through the air to conductive materials, so always err on the side of caution.

If you’re unsure about clearance for equipment and large loads, please contact EQUS and we can help determine the safest route for your travel.

Immediate Actions

What to do in an electrical emergency.

Electrical emergencies can occur without warning, posing significant risks to safety and property. Knowing how to react promptly and safely in such situations is crucial. Below, we outline essential steps and precautions to take in the event of common electrical emergencies, ensuring your safety and that of those around you.

Downed Power Lines

Safety Measures: Treat all downed lines as if they are live. Stay at least 10 metres away, inform others to keep their distance, and report the situation to EQUS by calling 310-EQUS. Do not attempt to move or drive over downed power lines.

Immediate Actions: Provide EQUS with precise details about the location and condition of the downed line to facilitate a quick response.

Responding to Emergencies

Downed Wire Protocol: If you encounter a downed power line, stay at least 10 meters away, as ground around it may be energized. Immediately report the situation to 310-EQUS or call 911 if someone is in immediate danger. Avoid touching anything in contact with the line, such as trees or vehicles.

Vehicle Accidents Involving Power Lines: If your vehicle contacts a power line, call 911 and stay inside the vehicle until rescue workers say it's safe to exit. If you must leave due to fire, jump clear of the vehicle with your feet together, ensuring you’re not touching the vehicle and ground simultaneously. Shuffle away with small steps to minimize the risk of electrical shock. Do not approach a vehicle that is in contact with a power line or other electrical infrastructure.

Electrical Fires: Never use water on an electrical fire. If safe to do so, unplug the appliance causing the fire or turn off your home’s power supply. Call for emergency services.

Experiencing Electrical Shock: Do not touch someone receiving an electrical shock. Disconnect the power source if possible, and call emergency services immediately.

Electrical Shock Risks

Electrical shock occurs when current passes through the body, leading to anything from minor discomfort to severe injury or even death. Burns can result from direct contact with electrical sources or from fires caused by electrical faults.

Precautions: Always maintain a safe distance from electrical installations and equipment. Do not attempt to handle electrical appliances or wires with wet hands or while standing in water.

Stay prepared and informed for power outage safety.

Protecting Our Environment

Mitigating risks together.

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Vegetation Management

EQUS’ vegetation management program is crucial for ensuring the safety of our members and our communities, preventing outages, and maintaining efficient service. Regular clearing around power lines and equipment minimizes risks and promotes a healthier environment.

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Wildfire Prevention

EQUS takes proactive measures to prevent wildfires, including clearing flammable vegetation near power lines and educating members on fire safety practices. Our efforts aim to safeguard communities and the natural beauty of rural Alberta.

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Member Contributions

Learn how to manage vegetation on your property to reduce wildfire risks. Simple actions can have a big impact, from maintaining clearance around power lines to choosing fire-resistant plant species.

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