Electrical Awareness

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Request Safe Clearance Report

Every year, Nova Scotians make dangerous contact with power lines. Whether you’re doing major commercial construction work or simple repairs to your home, ask yourself: will I come within six metres of a power line? If so, you need a Safe Clearance Report from Nova Scotia Power to safely carry out the job.

Electricity Can Be Dangerous

Keep these electrical-safety best practices about powerlines in mind. 

Downed wires 
Treat downed wires as live and dangerous. If you’re near a wire, shuffle (keeping both feet touching the ground) until you are at least 20 metres away from the wires and call 911. 

Powerline insulation 
Do not assume that power lines are insulated. The insulation can be worn through exposure to weather.

Don’t forget to look down. 
Some electrical equipment and power lines are underground. Before digging, contact us to get underground electrical locates.

Don’t put your life on the line. 
Stay away from our electrical equipment and infrastructure, including transmission towers, hydro dams, power lines and substations. Respect all warning signs. Do not climb transmission towers or trespass on our property. Safety always comes first.

Safely Connecting Power. 
Safely connecting your power is our top priority. In preparation for your power connection, we ask that you take a few minutes to inspect your residence for any potential fire hazards. This includes any flammable material or liquid (ex. paper, cardboard, hand sanitizer, cleaners) placed on or near stove heating elements or any appliance that will emit heat when your electricity comes back on. It’s also a good idea to unplug sensitive appliances and equipment to avoid damage caused by potential power surges.

Tips to keep you safe:

  • Install and operate generators properly.
  • Check electrical cords. If they're frayed or cracked, don't use them.
  • Don't overload electrical outlets - they can overheat and start a fire.
  • Never run cords under rugs or carpet.
  • Extension cords should only be used as a temporary source of power – they are not a safe, long-term solution.
  • Appliances, like irons or blow dryers, should always be unplugged when not in use and the cord coiled to prevent injury to children.
  • Always disconnect appliances before moving, cleaning or repairing them.
  • Always unplug the toaster before cleaning or repairing it.
  • Keep electrical appliances away from water.
  • Always pull the plug, not the cord.
  • To keep children safe, block access to electrical outlets with plastic safety plugs.
  • Don’t let pets chew on electrical cords.

Tips to work safely

  • Identify possible problems by planning your actions from start to finish.
  • Think about possible sources of electricity – underground, overhead or anywhere else around you.
  • Think about the tools and equipment you will be using that run on electricity.
  • Identify potential hazards and eliminate or minimize them.
  • Never assume something has been unhooked, unplugged, disconnected or de-energized. Check, and be sure.
  • Make sure you have the knowledge and skills you need to complete the job. If you don’t, find someone who does.
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Want to schedule an electrical safety presentation for your workplace or community? Call us at 1-800-428-6230 and request a safety presentation – we’d love to hear from you.