Keeping Our Community Safe
White River Valley Electric Cooperative (WRVEC) believes in providing the very best electric service to each constituent. That’s why we are pleased to bring you tips for electrical safety in your neighborhood. When followed, these tips can help to ensure that your families and homes stay safe while enjoying the service we provide.
- Before cutting down a tree or branches, check for nearby power lines. If a tree was to fall on a power line, it could pose a serious risk.
- Always treat power lines as if they are energized. If a tree has fallen onto a power line, always treat the tree as if it has been “energized.” Do not touch the tree, or attempt to climb it. Call WRVEC instead.
- Whenever a power line is involved, always act as if it and everything it is touching is energized—that it has an electrical current running through it and therefore can be dangerous. Do not touch either the power line or anything that it may be touching. Call WRVEC immediately.
- Always be sure to maintain the minimum required distance between a power line and all equipment—usually ten feet. Read about the Ten Foot Rule here.
- If a fire starts from a fallen power line, immediately notify the fire department and your electric cooperative. Stay away from the site of the fire. Read about electrical fire safety here.
- Never throw water on a fallen power line.