Make Time for Safety this Harvest Season

August 31, 2016

As summer starts to fade away, the hustle and bustle of fall starts to set in. SaskPower wants customers to remember to take time to look up and live.

"It takes just a moment to be distracted and injured by electricity," says SaskPower's Director, Health and Safety, Kevin Schwing. "We want to remind customers to stay aware around power lines."

As harvest continues, SaskPower wants to remind farm customers to plan their work in advance. Lower equipment when moving it and use a spotter to prevent contact with overhead power lines.

"With the fast paced harvest season upon us, we want customers to stay safe," says Schwing. "Things like planning your route to the field, knowing where the power lines are during the work and avoiding them will help keep you safe."

Some customers might also be planning a bit of final yard work before the frost hits. Schwing says to keep electricity in mind if you're going to be doing any tree trimming. If there are trees around power lines in your yard, call 1-888-757-6937 and we will come out and trim them for free. And there is another way to stay safe if you need to dig in and around your yard.

"Always call 1-866-828-4888 before you dig or visit www.sask1stcall.com," says Schwing. "Someone will come out and locate any underground lines so you can avoid them while doing your work."

Weather-related incidents also bring safety risks. If you see a power line lying on the ground following a storm, stay back at least 10 metres and call SaskPower at 310-2220 or call 911. The line could still be live.

Visit saskpower.com/safety for more information. #SkPowerSafe

At a glance...

  • As harvest continues, plan your route in advance. Lower equipment where needed, and use a spotter to prevent contact with power lines.
  • Call 1-866-828-4888 or visit www.sask1stcall.com before digging.
  • Call 1-888-757-6937 and we will come out and trim a tree growing in or near a power line for free.
  • If you see a fallen power line, stay at least 10 metres away and call SaskPower at 310-2220 or call 911.

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