Lebanon Utilities considers the safety of its customers and employees a top priority. If you have any safety-related questions, please call us at (765) 482-5100.
There are several things you can do to help keep you and your family safe from electrical hazards when working or playing outdoors:
Remember electricity is always trying to find the easiest path to ground. It travels through conductors. Good conductors are water, metal (like copper wire) and people. People are such good conductors because the human body is about 70% water. That’s why electricity often uses your body as the easiest pathway to ground.
Be aware of any electrical hazards in or around your property. Don’t put off simple precautions or repairs. You may save a family member’s life!
You’re not sure whether those lines are electrical wires or telephone wires? Don’t guess! Assume any wire is energized. STAY AWAY!
Stay Away from Power Lines
Use ladders made out of wood or fiberglass, NOT METAL, when working near power lines. And never set a ladder where it can fall into power lines! When you carry a ladder, hold it low enough to avoid hitting overhead power lines. Don’t install an antenna where it would hit a power line if it fell.
Stay Away from Downed Power Lines
Assume all wires to be energized!
Never go near downed power lines! If you come across a power line that has fallen, call the Lebanon Utilities immediately at (765) 482-5100.
If a power line falls on your car, stay inside the car unless the car catches fire. If this should happen, jump clear of the car without touching metal and the ground at the same time.
If someone comes in contact with a live outdoor power line, call 911 immediately! They will call the Lebanon Utilities so that the power can be shut off. Don’t touch the victim or the power line!
Call Before You Dig
Please make sure you CALL 811 BEFORE YOU DIG! You need to call two working days before you plan to dig. Be sure to have your property located before you begin digging in your yard!
Use Caution When Landscaping
Don’t plant tall-growing trees underneath power lines.
If you have a tree that has power lines running through it, don’t let your children climb the tree, and don’t build anything in it.
Don’t plant shrubs near your electric meter.
Some power lines are buried. Please make sure you CALL 811 BEFORE YOU DIG!
Kite & Balloon Safety
Never fly kites or model airplanes near power lines.
Don’t use metal or wire on kites. Use dry string instead.
Don’t release metallic balloons! These balloons have an aluminum coating, and are great conductors of electricity. If these balloons get caught in power lines they can cause power outages, and can also cause power surges that can damage electronic equipment such as computers.
Stay Away From Substations and Transformers
Teach your children to stay away from utility substations and transformers. These high voltage areas can be very dangerous! Also, teach your children to recognize the “DANGER” signs that are on all high voltage equipment, and to stay away.
If you notice a substation fence or transformer cabinet has been damaged, call the Lebanon Utilities at (765) 482-5100.
Never climb utility poles or transmission towers.
Tree Trimming 2016 Schedule
We are going to start in the Prairie Heights subdivision and hope to start at the end of February if possible and by March 1st, depending on the weather.
Why does the Lebanon Utilities prune trees?
Utility vegetation maintenance reduces electric safety risk to the public by:
–Providing minimum separation between wires and vegetation to eliminate potential electrical shock.
–Reducing potential wildfire hazards from tree/wire conflicts and downed power lines caused by trees.
Trees are among the most common causes of utility service interruptions. Trees that are too close to power lines can interfere with electric service; especially when weather brings lightning, wind, ice, or wet snow. Maintaining power to vital infrastructures and services such as hospitals, nursing homes, police and fire departments, airports, water and sewer pumping stations and traffic signals is paramount.
Utilities can better assure reliability of electric service by:
–Having a preventative maintenance program that includes removing branches, vines and entire trees and brush from electrical equipment and energized conductors.
–Removing vegetation that can potentially cause a safety hazard or an electrical outage when it has the potential to grow into the power lines or fall into them due to weather or poor tree health.