Power Line Safety

Accidentally contacting a power line can be dangerous and in some cases, even deadly. Runestone Electric Association wants to help our members stay safe around power lines.

Keep a safe distance

Whether you are playing outdoors with your children or working on landscaping projects, keep a safe distance from power lines and other equipment Runestone Electric Association uses to get electricity to your home.

  • Stay away from power lines, meters, transformers and electrical boxes.
  • Don’t climb trees near power lines.
  • Never fly kites, remote control airplanes or balloons near power lines.
  • If you get something stuck in a power line, call Runestone Electric Association to get it.
  • Keep a safe distance from overhead power lines when working with ladders or installing objects such as antennas.

Downed Power Lines

  • Never touch or go near a downed power line.
  • Don’t touch anything that may be touching a downed wire, such as a car.
  • Keep children and pets away.
  • Call Runestone Electric Association at 1-800-473-1722 to report downed power lines.

Vehicle Accidents and Utility Poles

If you encounter a vehicle accident involving a utility pole or power lines:

  • Call 911
  • Don’t touch any passenger who may be in contact with a power line.
  • Don’t touch anything that’s in contact with the vehicle.
  • Don’t attempt to move power lines or utility poles.
  • If passengers must exit the vehicle, jump clear of it without touching the vehicle and ground at the same time. Land with feet together and shuffle away.
  • Don’t rely on rubber boots, raincoats, rubber gloves or wire cutters for protection.