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Use Caution Near Co-op Equipment


 Use Caution Near Co-op Equipment

As you find yourself spending more time outdoors this summer, exercise caution near power lines and other electrical equipment maintained by Sam Houston Electric Cooperative.

Substations and power lines carry extremely high voltage, and if contact is accidentally made, the results can be dangerous—or even deadly.

Never climb trees near power lines. If you make contact with a tree that is touching a power line, your body could become a path for electricity, from the line to the ground. If you encounter an animal trapped in a tree near power lines or inside a substation, do not attempt to remove it—no matter how furry and cute! Call Sam Houston EC for assistance.

If there are underground lines in your area, you’ll notice big green boxes on the ground that hold our equipment. It’s important that landscaping and other barriers be kept clear of these padmount transformers. Co-op technicians need at least 10 feet of clearance around the equipment to be able to safely access them when needed.

Padmount transformers are connected to primary high-voltage lines, and secondary lines can extend in several directions to distribute power to homes and businesses. That’s why it’s important to call 811 before planting shrubs or trees, setting fence posts, installing sprinkler systems or digging where it might damage underground lines.

These days, we are seeing more remote-controlled devices, like drones and other aircraft, which can be a great way to have fun outdoors. But these gadgets also bring new safety concerns. Never fly them near power lines, substations or other electrical equipment.

Remember these safety tips when flying a drone:

• Keep a safe distance from electrical equipment when you fly. If contact is accidentally made with a power line or a transformer inside a substation, many members of your community could be left without electricity.

• Keep the drone in your sight at all times.

• Avoid flying if weather conditions are unfavorable. High winds could cause you to lose control of the drone.

Your safety is important to us. We hope you will share the message of electrical safety so that you and others can enjoy plenty of summer days filled with fun!