TAKE RESPONSBILTY FOR YOUR SAFETY THIS SPRING
Spring planting season should be productive…don’t let it be
dangerous! Overhead power lines can be easily overlooked, and deadly if
ignored. While you focus on putting those seeds in the ground, Sioux Valley
Energy urges you to take responsibility for your safety while out in the field.
Awareness doesn’t spread as fast as an electrical current, but a little goes a
long way. Remember to look up and look out for power lines this planting
season. Follow these Four S’s to Stay Safe:
- SPOTTER. Get a spotter to be sure you are staying at least 10 feet away from power lines on all side, keeping in mind that field cultivators and sprayers can reach as high as 12 feet.
- STUDY. Educate yourself on any new equipment you may have purchased recently. New equipment has higher antennas and attachments than ever before. What cleared in previous years may not in your new ride. Know what you’re working with.
- SAGGING. If you see a power line sagging on your property, contact Sioux Valley Energy to fix it. That’s our job!
- SEARCH. Sometimes trees or brush can make power lines difficult to see. Don’t just glance up, really take a minute to search your surroundings when moving equipment.
Hitting a power line can be scary. In certain situations, there may be a lot of
noise, which will likely cause you to instinctively run—you’ve got seconds to
understand what’s happening and respond appropriately. Do you know what to do
if you come in contact with a power line?
- STAY PUT. Unless there is a fire, you need to stay calm and stay in the vehicle. Touching the ground and the vehicle at the same time (i.e. stepping out of the equipment) can be deadly. Don’t risk becoming a conduit for the electricity to move from the vehicle to the ground through you, stay put. Even if it’s loud.
- CALL FOR HELP. Call for help from the vehicle if possible. 911 is a good place to start, especially if you don’t know Sioux Valley Energy’s number. If you don’t have your phone, try radioing for help. If someone comes to assist you, they need to stay away from the vehicle until professional help has arrived.
- JUMP CLEAR. If there is a fire forcing you to leave, or you have no way of calling for help, jump clear of the equipment. Jump with your feet together and with your arms folded across your chest, as far away from the vehicle as possible. Be sure you are not touching the equipment and the ground at the same time. The ground may be electrically charged in varying points surrounding the vehicle so it is important to keep both your feet on the ground at the same time and shuffle away with short small shuffles, never lifting either foot off the ground.
Sioux Valley Energy can provide electrical safety training and educational programs for schools and other organizations. For more information, call Sioux Valley Energy at 1-800-234-1960.
See the links below for more safety information.