May 1, 2018

10 Ways To Safely Enjoy The Outdoors This Spring

The ice has thawed, the snow has melted, and Nova Scotians are trading in their shovels for rakes. When you're out and about this spring, make sure you stay safe.

1. start with a property scan

Check around your house for any trees or branches that have fallen during the winter. Check any outdoor wiring for frays or cracks, check any outdoor appliances (ex: outdoor heat pump unit) to make sure no debris or other hazard is making it unsafe.

2. trim trees if needed

If trees or branches are threatening to contact a power line, call us or a qualified contractor to safely remove it.

  • When to call a contractor:
    You are responsible for trimming around the service wire that brings electricity from the street power pole to your house. Qualified contractors are able to safely work around these wires and you can find one here.
  • When to call us:
    If a tree is threatening a power line other than your service wire, call us at 1-800-428-6230.

Take a look at the helpful graphic on our tree trimming page for more information.

3. use your ladder safely

Painting your house? Cleaning out your gutter? Use your ladder safely and be cautious when carrying it to avoid contact with power lines.

4. keep your distance

Always maintain a six metre (20 foot) clearance from power lines. If you’re planning on working near power lines, call us first at 1-800-428-6230.

5. inspect equipment before use

If you are using any electrical equipment like lawnmowers or hedge trimmers, ensure that they are safe and ready to use before putting them to work. Wear the right footwear and protective equipment for the job.

6. be a good neighbour

With kids playing outside more often this time of year, consider backing into your driveway so you can scan for people and pets when leaving.

7. play safe

Keep kites, drones, and other toys away from power lines.

8. be aware of your surroundings

Spring in Nova Scotia is ideal for renewable hydro generation (see how much we're generating right now!), but we want to make sure you stay safe around our hydro systems. Around water, avoid upstream and downstream areas of dams and hydro systems.

9. plan ahead

Plan your trip ahead of time and identify any water hazards. When your trail takes you across a waterway make sure you have a way back out in case of rising water levels.

10. respect warning signs

Respect warning signs, booms, buoys and barriers. They are there for your protection.

Now, safely enjoy the great Nova Scotian outdoors!