Quick Start Guide Electric Utilities
SECTION 03: KEY SAFETY MESSAGES
What: Core Messages The core message is the most important point or essential idea to be understood and remembered by the target audience. For this topic, the core message is: Overhead electric lines may cause serious injury or death if contacted. Maintain required safety clearances from these facilities. Be vigilant when using ladders, scaffolds, and long/tall tools and equipment in the vicinity of overhead lines. Call your electric utility to make safety arrangements if you must work near these facilities. Children should be educated regarding tree climbing and kite/drone/UAS safety in the vicinity of overhead electric lines. Contractors and skilled workers should be provided information regarding power line safety: • Overhead electric lines are not insulated. Contacting or getting too close to one with your body, equipment, or tools could result in death or serious injury. • When working with ladders or long tools, stay at least 10 feet away from overhead power lines carrying up to 50 kV. If you are unsure of the voltage, contact your local utility. • When cranes or derricks are used in construction, keep the crane boom and load at least 20 feet away from the line if you don’t know the line’s voltage. Always assume the line is energized unless you have confirmed with the utility that the line has been de-energized. • As voltage increases, clearance distances also increase. Contact your local utility and consult the OSHA regulations for specific safety clearance requirements.
Developing a Public Safety Communications Program
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