Use extreme caution near wires and power lines. Please treat all wires and power lines, including those on the ground, as though they are live and deadly. Never touch downed power lines or anything touching fallen lines. Don't walk underneath overhead equipment, lines or wires that may be partially on the ground. Please remember to make certain that children stay away from all power lines and equipment!
If you see any downed or fallen lines, broken poles or trees touching wires, protect yourself and others by calling SMPA immediately at 970-864-7311 or 970-626-5549. Please don't assume we know about every power line situation-give us a call whenever you see one.
If someone is being electrically shocked due to downed power lines, do not touch them. Call 911 for rescue and/or emergency medical assistance and notify SMPA at 970-864-7311 or 970-626-5549 immediately to report a life threatening emergency.
In addition, please leave damaged poles alone! Handling or cutting utility poles or burning them in your stove or fireplace can expose you to the chemicals used to treat and preserve the wood poles.
Finally, if you see repair crews working on downed power lines, please drive carefully! Expect delays and exercise caution when driving near any of the repair crews working to restore your power.
San Miguel Power is always happy to provide safety demonstrations for emergency response crews, classrooms and local businesses. We have a high voltage demonstration trailer that allows us to educate the community about power line safety. The high voltage demo illustrates the effects on the human body if it comes in contact with a power line. SMPA will also conduct general electricity safety sessions, equipment training and educational programs.
Please contact Paul Enstrom at (970) 864-7311 ext. 119 to schedule a demonstration.
Before permitting any excavating on your property, call for a Buried Line Locate at 1-800-922-1987 or 811. This is a free service and lets participating utilities know about planned residential digging or blasting and prevents damage to underground electric, gas and other buried utilities.
Homeowners often make risky assumptions about whether or not they should get their utility lines marked, but every digging job requires a call - even small projects like planting trees and shrubs or digging post holes. The depth of utility lines varies and there may be multiple utility lines in a common area. Digging without calling can disrupt service to an entire neighborhood, harm you and those around you and potentially result in fines and repair costs. Calling before every digging job gets your underground utility lines marked for free and helps prevent undesired consequences
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