3 keys of electrical safety

Plan your work, know your limits, and stay back

If you work around electricity, know the 3 keys of electrical safety:

  1. Look up and down: Plan your work so you can avoid contact with power lines. Make sure you look for power lines overhead and underground.
  2. Keep backknow your limits: If you're working around power lines, keep a safe distance from the lines. You should be at least 10 metres (33 feet) away from the lines and your equipment should be at least 6 metres (20 feet) away. Use a spotter to make sure you are maintaining this minimum safe distance.
  3. Stay back and call 911: If you come across a fallen power line, an exposed underground power line, or any object comes into contact with a power line, stay back 10 metres (33 feet) and call 911. If your equipment contacts a line, stay calm and still until help arrives.

Download a poster for your worksite:

3 keys of electrical safety poster [PDF, 36 KB]

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