While electricity is a reliable energy source that helps power your daily life, it can be hazardous if not used with caution. CPU cares about your safety and encourages you to review these important electrical safety tips that also can be shared with your family and friends.

  • Stay away from downed power lines. Always assume a downed power line is live and life-threatening.
  • Keep children and pets away from downed lines. Do not attempt to remove a person or animal caught in power lines. Call 911 for help.
  • Do not attempt to remove tree limbs or any other object from a downed line.
  • If you see a downed line, give us a call at 662-627-8499; after hours, dial 911.
  • Always look for nearby power lines before cutting trees or trimming branches. We recommend using a licensed arborist to help with your tree management. If a tree falls into a power line, contact us so we can safely address it.
  • Treat all power lines as energized. Never climb or attempt to handle a tree that has a limb caught in a power line. You may not see any visible evidence that the tree is electrified or dangerous.
  • Maintain all required clearances between equipment and power lines.
  • If a fire starts from a fallen power line, give us a call at 662-627-8499; after hours, dial 911. Stay away from the site of the electrical hazard. Make sure others stay clear of the line and treat it as energized.
  • Do not use water on or near a fallen power line.
  • Never climb power poles or transmission towers. A typical overhead distribution line has 7,200 volts per wire. Voltages on major transmission lines are as high as 500,000 volts. Both can deliver a deadly shock.
  • Never climb trees near power lines. The human body is an excellent conductor of electricity, and you could become its path from the lines to the ground.
  • Never drive over a downed line or under a low-hanging line, and beware of downed lines touching a vehicle. Stay away from the vehicle and the line.
  • If a power line hits your car while you're inside, stay put and wait for help. If the car catches fire, then jump clear without touching metal and the ground at the same time. Shuffle away while keeping both feet on the ground.
  • Keep ladders, antennas, kites, balloons and poles away from power lines. If you are holding any of these items and they come into contact with a power line, you could receive an electrical shock.
  • If you notice anything such as trees or branches that might interfere with power lines or pose a serious threat, give us a call at 662-627-8499.

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