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Safety on the Farm

Know where the powerlines are on your property - both above and below ground.

Farm equipment such as augers, front-end loaders and aerial lifts are just a few examples of rural machinery that could come into contact with overhead powerlines if you are not careful. Powerlines are generally 20 feet above the ground. Weather may cause the lines to sag. Make sure you know the clearance required when operating farm equipment.

Look out for downed powerlines on your property. High winds or severe weather could cause overhead wires to fall. If you spot a downed power line stay back at least 10 metres and contact Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro. You don't need to come into contact with a power line to be in danger. Electricity can jump or arc from a powerline to an object that gets too close. The best insulator is to leave a great deal of space between you and energized powerlines.

Planning an outdoor project? Before you put shovel to soil, request a free locate to learn where underground electrical equipment is located. One phone call to Ontario One Call will take care of all underground utility locates.

Keep your trees trimmed and a safe distance away from power lines. It is your responsibility to trim trees that are on your property. Learn more about how to do this safely.

Need a temporary disconnect to safely perform maintenance on electrical equipment? Submit a temporary disconnect request .

Learn more farm safety tips from the Electrical Safety Authority's website.