Stay safe this year when it comes to electric lines, overhead or on the ground, especially if you work outside.

ATCO Electric and other service providers bring energy and gas into the town for you to use, but by doing so, they must string electric wire above ground and hide gas and electric lines underground. Digging or using lifting devices to work on DIY projects require you to be prepared and ready for what is above and what lays beneath.

This safety can also be applied to the general public who may be spending the day outside near power lines.

"Stay seven meters away from powerlines," said Regional Manager of ATCO Electric, Alen Gano.

"Click before you dig," Advises Gano to anyone digging on projects this summer. "Before digging or driving posts into the ground, visit Albertaonecall.com and request an underground locate. Utilities are closer to the surface then you may think."

Downed power lines are also a reality which could be a result of the weather or human error.

"Stay at least 10 meters away," Gano instructed. "Warn others and call 911. You can certainly call ATCO Electric's 24 hour emergency line."

To brush up on your power line safety tips, follow this link.

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