Power Line Safety
Stay safe. Stay away.
Downed power lines can be deadly. If you see one, stay back and call 911. Need to report an electrical emergency? Call us. We’re here to help.
Downed lines are dangerous
Power lines carry a strong electrical current that can seriously injure or even kill people. When a line falls, the current can travel through the ground and nearby objects. That’s why it’s so important to keep away.
Stay at least 100 feet away from downed or sagging power lines. That’s the length of two semi-trucks.
Never touch a power line or anything caught in a line, such as a balloon or kite.
Remember, there’s no way to know if a power line is live by looking at it. If you see a downed line, call 911 right away.
Debris-free power lines
- When storm clouds roll in, make sure that patio furniture, umbrellas and trampolines are secure. Strong winds can blow these items into power lines and cause an outage.
- One Mylar balloon can cause an outage for thousands of people. Choose non-metallic balloons for your next celebration. Keep them tied down and never release balloons into the air.
- Electricity can jump from power lines to nearby tools and ladders. When working outside, look up and stay away! Keep yourself and equipment at least 10 feet away from overhead power lines.
- If you see a tree growing close to a power line, don't try to trim it yourself. Call SRP at (602) 236-8888.
- If you see something caught in a power line, don’t try to get it down yourself. Call SRP at (602) 236-8888. We'll safely remove it.
- When installing an antenna or any other object near an overhead power line, call (602) 236-8888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- After a storm, keep children and pets away from areas where lines may have fallen.
- Electrical lines, along with water and gas pipelines, are buried somewhere in your yard. Before you dig, call 811" to have an expert stake out your utility lines.
Want a fun way to talk to your kids about electrical safety? Download our Electrical Safety Coloring Book .
Have an electrical emergency?
Call SRP at (602) 236-8888. We're here to help.
Auto accidents: What to do
If you ever find yourself in a vehicle that has made contact with a live power line, it’s best to stay inside the car. Call 911 and wait until help arrives. If you must exit the car, jump out to avoid touching the vehicle and ground at the same time. Land with both feet together. Keep your feet together and hop or shuffle – don’t run – until you’re a safe distance away.
Don't post signs on utility poles
Many utility poles have plastic casings that house high-voltage lines, which may carry power to underground lines. Hammering nails or other sharp objects into those casings to post a sign can cause serious injury or even death.
SRP and city of Phoenix crews remove signs when they find them because nails can also injure linemen who need to climb the poles to make repairs or do maintenance.
Attaching signs to public utility poles is not only dangerous but also illegal in some cities.
Leave space around SRP equipment
We do everything we can to keep the areas around SRP equipment clear of debris and vegetation, but we also need your help.
Why it's important to keep our equipment accessible:
- It is difficult and potentially dangerous to get to meters and transformers that are crowded by vegetation, landscaping or walls.
- Known as encroachments, these conditions can prolong outages. With ample space left around the equipment, SRP employees repair and restore power quickly.
What you can do:
- Make sure the right amount of space is available around any SRP equipment around your home. That means you should leave us 12 feet directly in front of your equipment and three feet on the remaining sides.
- To help prevent rusting, direct sprinklers away from equipment.
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