As you find yourself spending more time outdoors this summer, Marshall County REMC reminds you to exercise caution near electrical equipment maintained by the co-op.
Substations and power lines carry extremely high voltages, 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 the path of 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 Marshall County REMC or 911 for assistance.
These days, we are seeing more remote-controlled toys, like drones and airplanes, which can be a great way to have fun outdoors. But these gadgets also bring new safety concerns. Remote-controlled toys should never be flown near power lines, substations or other electrical equipment.
Remember these safety tips when flying a remote-controlled toy:
- 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 remote-controlled toy in site at all times.
- Avoid flying if weather conditions are unfavorable. High winds could cause you to lose control of the remote-controlled toy.
Here at Marshall County REMC, 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! Visit marshallremc.com for more electrical safety tips.
MARK BATMAN is CEO of Marshall County REMC.