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Power Line Safety

Beltrami Electric Cooperative reminds members to always be thinking of safety regarding electricity. We encourage you to be aware of the danger of electrical fires, injury and electrocution. Always stay away from downed power lines and always call 811 at least 48 hours before you dig. Please visit our links to become more aware of potential hazards and how to protect your family from these situations.

THINK SAFETY FIRST!  NEVER touch or go near a downed power line. ALWAYS assume it is live and call us right away at 444-2540 or 800-955-6083.
Accidentally contacting a power line can be dangerous and in some cases, even deadly. Beltrami Electric Cooperative wants to help our members stay safe around power lines.


Keep a safe distance

Whether you are playing outdoors with your children or working on landscaping projects, keep a safe distance from power lines and other equipment Beltrami Electric uses to get electricity to your home.

  • Stay away from power lines, meters, transformers and electrical boxes.

    Ladder/Powerline Safety

  • Don’t climb trees near power lines.

  • Never fly kits, remote control airplanes or balloons near power lines.

  • If you get something stuck in a power line, call your Touchstone Energy co-op to get it.

  • Keep a safe distance from overhead power lines when working with ladders or installing objects such as antennas.


Downed Power Lines

A downed power line may still be an energized power line.

  • Never touch or go near a downed power line.Downed Power Line Safety

  • Don’t touch anything that may be touching a downed wire, such as a car.

  • Say at least 30 feet away from downed lnies and keep children and pets away.

  • Call Beltrami Electric at 444-2540 or 800-955-6083 to report downed power lines.

  • If you are cleaning up after storm damage, DO NOT remove tree limbs near downed lines until BEC crews have repaired the damage.



Vehicle Accidents and Utility Poles/Lines

If a power line falls on a car, you should stay inside the vehicle!
This is the safest place to stay. Warn people not to touch the car or the line. Call or ask someone to call the local cooperative and emergency services.

The only circumstance in which you should consider leaving a car that is in contact with a downed power line is if the vehicle catches on fire. Open the door. Do not step out of the car. You may receive a shock. Instead, jump free of the car so that your body clears the vehicle before touching the ground. Once you clear the car, shuffle at least 50 feet away, with both feet on the ground.

  • Call for help:  Call 911 from your cell phone, honk your horn or roll down the window and yell for help.

  • Alert onlookers to stay away from your vehicle until emergency crews arrive to avoid anyone else being injured.  Emergency crews will tell you when it's safe to get out of your vehicle.

  • Don't touch any passenger who may be in contact with a power line.

  • Don't touch anything that is in contact with the vehicle.

  • Don't attempt to move power lines or utility poles.

  • If passengers must exit the vehicle, jump clear of it without touching the vehicle and ground at the same time. Land with feet together and shuffle away.

  • Don't rely on rubber boots, raincoats, rubber gloves or wire cutters for protection.

If you encounter an accident involving a utility pole:

  • Never approach a vehicle that is touching power lines; instead call 911 immediately.
  • Remain a safe distance away from the vehicle, keep passengers in the vehicle calm and wait for emergency personnel to handle the situation.



Related Safety Links

Electrical Safety Foundation Iinternational (ESFi)

Safe Electricity



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