We work hard to keep our electrical power system operational and safe. Yet, when it is damaged, hazardous conditions can result. For example, when a driver hits a pole, the energized line could land on the vehicle or end up on the ground where someone might come into contact with it. The power to neighboring homes is disrupted and has to be restored. Our crews must replace the pole and get the line back up, often in nasty weather or at night. Unfortunately, this hypothetical story is too often actually true. In fact, over the last two years, the number of public incident damages has increased, and this year’s trend so far doesn’t look promising.
We don’t want anyone to get hurt, be it our employees or you. We encourage our employees to look around for hazards, survey their surroundings, not to rush, and to always put safety first. We need you, the public, to do the same. Be aware of power lines, whether on the ground or on a pole. Always treat lines as energized until our crews have arrived. Help us reverse the trend, keep your power on, and make safety a top priority.