Powerline Safety

Image of an accident involving a powerline and someone working at home


Outdoor work is rewarding, but it can also be deadly. Before you start any outdoor work, locate all overhead powerlines. Be especially aware of powerlines that may be hidden by trees.

As the weather begins to warm up, now is the perfect time to remind our customers of the dangers of overhead powerlines. If you are planning to do some work around your home this spring, remember to look up, and look out to help keep you and your family safe.

We would also like to share with you the following tips and tools to help you avoid the dangers of overhead powerlines:

  • Talk to your kids about powerline safety. Help children find safe places to play, away from utility poles and powerlines. Remind children never to climb trees near powerlines. Make sure they look closely, since leaves and branches can hide the wires. Kids should not play on green boxes on lawns or in parks. 
  • Stop, look, and live. Stay three metres back. Always be aware of your surroundings. You do not have to touch a powerline to get a deadly shock. Electricity can jump or “arc” to you or your tools if you get too close. Have someone watch to make sure you and your tools stay at least three metres back from powerlines.
  • After a storm, be aware of downed powerlines that may be hidden beneath debris and tree branches. Wait until the power is disconnected or powerlines are repaired before starting yard cleanup as they can still be energized. Remember to stay at least 10 metres back.

Lucky the Squirrel videos

WNH, along with other utilities, created a series of animated videos starring Lucky the Squirrel. These short, educational videos are a great way to teach young children, family, and friends, important electrical safety messages.

There are two videos that focus on overhead powerlines and staying safe, these videos can be seen below:

Look Up! Look Out!

Keep Your Distance from Overhead Powerlines



Please visit www.wnhydro.com/luckythesquirrel to see all the videos in the series

Additionally, we encourage you to download our Lucky the Squirrel trading cards. Collect all six and learn important safety facts you can share with others. Visit www.wnhydro.com/lucky to find out more and get your copies today.

For more electrical safety tips, please visit www.wnhydro.com/safety or https://esasafe.com/safety/home-electrical-safety/home-safety/.