Posted in Electrical safety, safety   May 1, 2021

Electrical Safety Awareness Month - Safety Around Power Poles

This May for Electrical Safety Awareness Month, keep in mind these tips to stay safe around electricity.
Working on or near power poles, overhead power lines and other electrical equipment is hazardous business.  Benton PUD crews are highly trained to work near high voltage wires and their safety and the safety of the general public is our top priority.  Benton PUD reminds you to practice safe habits around our equipment and not to attach flyers, personal objects or equipment to our power poles. 
Attaching signs with heavy nails and staples or other personal objects and equipment pose hazards to our crew, including the riskele of electrocution, could cause structural damage to our poles or, even worse, it could result in a misdemeanor on your record as it is against state law.

This Electrical Safety Awareness Month, keep these examples in mind of what not to attach to a power pole:
  • Flyers with nails and/or staples
  • Birdhouses
  • Mailboxes
  • Signs
  • Lights (unless Benton PUD owned)
  • Satellite dishes
  • Antennas
  • Surveillance and/or game cameras
  • Plant hangers or hooks
  • Ladders
  • Hose hangers
If you have attached objects or equipment to our poles that needs to be removed please contact us at (509) 582-2175.  We will send out a crew to remove the object safely.