AJAX, ON — May 11, 2020 – Warmer weather brings with it an abundance of outdoor projects, from pruning trees to clearing the eavestroughs. Outdoor work is rewarding, but it can also be hazardous. May 11 to 17 is Powerline Safety Week, and Elexicon Energy is partnering with the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) in urging residents to avoid deadly distractions by practicing three critical steps: stop, look and live.
This year, COVID-19 has forced large swaths of Ontarians to stay home. More people than usual have the flexibility to pursue outdoor improvement projects, but with greater opportunity comes increased risk. It is as important as ever for people to remain vigilant and exercise caution when working near powerlines.
“Staying safe around powerlines is a collective responsibility. Whether you’re doing some landscaping, taking down the Christmas lights, or breaking ground on a new deck, everyone has a part to play,” says Sarah Del Gatto, Manager of Health, Safety & Environment at Elexicon Energy. “A single distraction – no matter how momentary – could cause a life-threatening injury or fatality.”
Overhead powerlines should always be considered hazardous. Residents should exercise an abundance of caution when working in close proximity to powerlines, including by staying three metres away at all times and carrying ladders and other tall tools sideways.
“Even if you don’t come into direct contact with a powerline, you could still receive a shock.
Electricity can jump from lines to nearby objects,” warns Dr. Joel Moody, ESA’s Chief Public Safety Officer. “That’s why everyone should stay safe and aware around powerlines, and why we’re reminding people to stop, look and live.”
Stop, Look, Live: Powerline Safety Tips for Households
For more information about powerline safety, including tailored tips for homeowners, construction workers, dump truck operators and arborists, visit esasafe.com/safety.
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About Elexicon Energy Inc.
Elexicon Energy provides more than 169,000 residential and business customers in parts of Durham Region and beyond with reliable and affordable energy services. The company is the fourth largest municipally owned electricity distributor in Ontario. Elexicon Energy is owned by five municipalities: the Town of Whitby, the City of Pickering, the Town of Ajax, the City of Belleville and the Municipality of Clarington.
About the Electrical Safety Authority
The Electrical Safety Authority’s (ESA) role is to enhance public electrical safety in Ontario. As an administrative authority acting on behalf of the Government of Ontario, ESA is responsible for administering specific regulations related to the Ontario Electrical Safety Code, the licensing of Electrical Contractors and Master Electricians, electricity distribution system safety, and electrical product safety. ESA works extensively with stakeholders throughout the province on education, training and promotion to foster electrical safety.