Lebanon Utilities considers the safety of its customers and employees a top priority. If you have any safety-related questions, please call us at (765) 482-5100.
There are several things you can do to help keep you and your family safe from electrical hazards when working or playing outdoors:
Remember electricity is always trying to find the easiest path to ground. It travels through conductors. Good conductors are water, metal (like copper wire) and people. People are such good conductors because the human body is about 70% water. That’s why electricity often uses your body as the easiest pathway to ground.
Be aware of any electrical hazards in or around your property. Don’t put off simple precautions or repairs. You may save a family member’s life!
You’re not sure whether those lines are electrical wires or telephone wires? Don’t guess! Assume any wire is energized. STAY AWAY!
Stay Away from Power Lines
Use ladders made out of wood or fiberglass, NOT METAL, when working near power lines. And never set a ladder where it can fall into power lines! When you carry a ladder, hold it low enough to avoid hitting overhead power lines. Don’t install an antenna where it would hit a power line if it fell.
Stay Away from Downed Power Lines
Assume all wires to be energized!
Never go near downed power lines! If you come across a power line that has fallen, call the Lebanon Utilities immediately at (765) 482-5100.
If a power line falls on your car, stay inside the car unless the car catches fire. If this should happen, jump clear of the car without touching metal and the ground at the same time.
If someone comes in contact with a live outdoor power line, call 911 immediately! They will call the Lebanon Utilities so that the power can be shut off. Don’t touch the victim or the power line!
Call Before You Dig
Please make sure you CALL 811 BEFORE YOU DIG! You need to call two working days before you plan to dig. Be sure to have your property located before you begin digging in your yard!
Use Caution When Landscaping
Don’t plant tall-growing trees underneath power lines.
If you have a tree that has power lines running through it, don’t let your children climb the tree, and don’t build anything in it.
Don’t plant shrubs near your electric meter.
Some power lines are buried. Please make sure you CALL 811 BEFORE YOU DIG!
Kite & Balloon Safety
Never fly kites or model airplanes near power lines.
Don’t use metal or wire on kites. Use dry string instead.
Don’t release metallic balloons! These balloons have an aluminum coating, and are great conductors of electricity. If these balloons get caught in power lines they can cause power outages, and can also cause power surges that can damage electronic equipment such as computers.
Stay Away From Substations and Transformers
Teach your children to stay away from utility substations and transformers. These high voltage areas can be very dangerous! Also, teach your children to recognize the “DANGER” signs that are on all high voltage equipment, and to stay away.
If you notice a substation fence or transformer cabinet has been damaged, call the Lebanon Utilities at (765) 482-5100.
Never climb utility poles or transmission towers.