Spring has sprung in the Hoosier state and it’s planting season for many of the state’s roughly 58,000 farmers. With farmers returning to the fields, Kankakee Valley REMC wants to remind you of the dangers of farming around power lines.
When moving large farm equipment down the road, make sure to safely clear overhead power lines. In the event your equipment becomes entangled in a power line, these steps will keep you safe.
- Stay where you are and call 911.
- If you must get out of the machinery for life-threatening reasons (such as fire), follow these steps: Jump away from the equipment, making sure to land with your feet together. Shuffle away with your feet touch- ing each other and the ground. Don’t stop until you’re at least three tractor lengths away from the machinery. Call 911 and ensure that no bystanders come within 40 feet of the machinery. Once away from the equipment, never attempt to get back on or even touch the equipment.
- If you notice a farmer has come in contact with a downed power line, stay at least three tractor lengths away. Tell the person on the machinery to stay where he or she is. Call 911 and keep bystanders at a safe distance.
Kankakee Valley REMC stresses the importance of staying safe around electricity this season and all season. It could save a life.