Electrical Safety Tips and 811

Electrical Safety Tips

Benton REA’s top priority is the safety of the public and we strive to ensure that the public is safe around electrical power lines.

  1. Look up and live! Be aware of overhead power lines.
  2. Stay away from downed power lines. Always assume they are still electrified.
  3. Call before you dig. Locate underground power lines and other utilities by calling 811 or 800-424-5555.
  4. Never use electrical equipment or tools near a pool or other wet areas.
  5. Fly kites and model airplanes in open areas well away from trees and power lines.
  6. Inspect power tools and electric lawn mowers for frayed power cords, broken plugs and cracked or broken housings.
  7. Do not plant vegetation or construct any permanent structures directly in front of underground electrical equipment devices or pad mount transformers.
  8. To prevent electric shock drowning:
    1. Never swim near a boat or launching ramp.
    2.  If you feel any tingling sensations while in the water, tell someone and swim back where you came from.
    3. Ensure your boat is properly maintained and annually inspected to meet local and state NEC, NFPS and ABYC safety codes. 
    4. Use portable GFCIs or shore power cord.

Call 811 Before You Dig

32 percent (554 miles) of Benton REA’s powerlines are underground. Because of this, and the many other utilities that may be lying beneath the surface (natural gas, communications, water, etc.), Benton REA urges you to call 811 before you do any kind of digging project, big or small.

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