Being safe around electricity is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your family. Especially during harvest and seeding, when tractors, augers and combines are being moved around. Whether it be in the field, or in the home, it is important to HCE for our members to be safe.
Electrical Safety Tips For Kids
- Never put fingers or other objects in an outlet
- Keep metal objects out of toasters
- Never use anything with a cord or plug around water
- Never pull a plug out by its cord
- Stay away from substations and power lines
- Don't climb on power poles
- Never fly kites near power lines
- Stay away from broken or fallen power lines
- Never touch or climb trees that are near power lines
- Never touch big, metal transformer boxes with warning signs
- Obey warning signs
Child Proofing Your Home
Keep curious kids safe from the temptation to stick foreign objects into outlets or plugs. Unused wall outlets should be secured. Plastic inserts can be used but they can be pulled off and stuck in the mouth. Consider using safety outlets that prevent foreign objects from being inserted. You can also block outlets with the creative arrangement of furniture.
If you're temporarily using extension cords, hide them behind furniture or use a hide-a-cord device. You can also put electrical tape over unused plug holes on cords. Put electrical devices such as DVD players on a shelf out of reach, or behind a barrier. Store bathroom and kitchen electrical appliances – like hair dryers and toasters – out of reach of curious children.
Farm Safety Tips
- Take a good look around your farm and note the location of all power lines.
- Plan safe travel routes for large equipment.
- Never try to raise a power line yourself to get clearance for your equipment.
- Have someone spot you when moving or operating large equipment near power lines.
- Be properly trained on the use of all machinery before operating and make sure it is running properly.
- If you come into contact with a line, assume it is live, stay at the controls of your equipment and try to move it off the line. Keep everyone away and call 911.
- If you must exit the equipment, JUMP clear of the equipment and DO NOT touch the vehicle and ground simultaneously. Keep your feet TOGETHER at all times. JUMP or SHUFFLE away from the equipment.
- Always call 811 before you dig.
- Contact your electricity provider with questions or if something doesn’t look right.
Utility Notification Center (Call Before You Dig)
The Utility Notification Center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and accepts calls from contractors, homeowners, or anyone planning to dig. Locate requests are accepted over the phone, through a fax-a-locate program, or through the ITIC program. If you need to process a locate request, or need additional information about locates, you may contact the Utility Notification Center at any time. Montana Utilities Underground Location Center 811 or 1-800-424-5555.