Electricity, Trees and Your Safety
❶Remember to have all underground utilities marked before planting or digging for any reason by calling TN One Call at 811 or 1-800-351-1111.
❷Parents and caregivers please do not let children climb trees near electric lines.
❸NEVER touch or go near a tree or limb that is caught on a line, even if you believe it is not energized.
❹Do not cut or trim large branches from a tree that is near power lines without first consulting SVEC.
❺ Watch out for tree limbs that may have taken down power lines, especially after storms. A downed power line can be a deadly hazard. Always call 911 if you see downed lines, stay far away and do not touch anything that may be in contact with the line, including trees or branches.
Accidentally touching a power line can be dangerous and even deadly. SVEC wants our members to stay safe around power lines.
Whether you are working outdoors on a landscaping project or playing with your children, keep a safe distance away from power lines and other electrical equipment SVEC uses to get electricity to your home.
Always remember to:
- Stay away from power lines, transformers, meters and electrical boxes.
- Don't climb trees near power lines.
- Never fly kites, remote control airplanes, drones or balloons near power lines.
- If you get something stuck in a power line, call SVEC immediately.
- Keep a safe distance away from power lines when working with a ladder. Remember to look up!
- Never touch or go near a downed power line.
- Never touch anything that may be in contact with a downed power line, such as a tree or car.
- Keep children and pets away from downed power lines.
- Remember power lines can also be buried underground, so always "Call Before You Dig"- dial 811 from any phone and utility workers will come out and check the area for underground lines before you dig.