Safety Tips

Always be aware of the location of all overhead power lines.

  • Stay 10 feet away from power lines
  • Don’t fly kites, drones, or any flying object near power lines
  • Don’t trim or climb trees near power lines
  • When working on your roof, make sure no ladders or poles will come within 10 feet of power lines
  • Teach your children to never touch power lines, play with pad-mounted electrical equipment, or go into substations
  • Don’t place signs on power poles
  • Keep pets away from electrical equipment
  • Report downed power lines immediately (337) 824-4330 (Jennings Office) (337) 598-5700 (Hackett Office)
  • Don’t touch fallen lines or anything in contact with the downed line
  • Never touch a person in contact with a downed power line, call 911
  • Stay 35 feet away from downed lines
  • Warn others of downed power lines if they are approaching the area
  • If you’re standing close to a downed line, shuffle away by taking small steps and keeping both feet in contact with the ground

Car Safety

If you are driving and your vehicle comes into contact with a downed line:

  • Stay in the car
  • Call 911
  • Warn and direct others to stay away from your vehicle and the downed line
  • Don’t exit your car until you are told it is safe to do so

If the car catches fire:

  • Take off any loose items of clothing
  • Jump away out of your car making sure not to touch the car and ground at the same time
  • Keeping both feet together, shuffle away from the car with slow steps by keeping both feet on the ground

If you come across an accident:

  • Call 911
  • Do not approach or try to help, you can become injured or worse
  • Check wires and cords frequently and replace worn or damaged cords
  • Install ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI’s) in kitchens or bathrooms where water is present to prevent electric shocks
  • Don’t use cords under carpets or staple or nail to the wall
  • Cover outlets that aren’t in use with safety caps to protect children and pets
  • Don’t overload outlets
  • Keep water away from electrical appliances
  • When unplugging from an outlet, pull the plug and not the cord
  • Unplug appliances when not in use
  • If using space heaters, keep 3 feet away from bedding, carpet, furniture, or curtains
  • Use the correct wattage for lighting to prevent overheating