MEA is committed to the safety of both our members and the employees of our Cooperative. We urge anyone working in the vicinity of power lines to use the utmost caution to avoid injuries, save lives, and prevent power outages and property damage. Coming into contact with a power line is extremely dangerous and potentially deadly. Here are some precautions that you can take to stay safe.
If you are working in the vicinity of overhead power lines, always look up first and take precautions to steer clear. It only takes one accidental contact to create a serious and potentially deadly situation.
Be ready to give MEA a good decription of your location, the situation and whether or not you have already called 911.
If your vehicle comes in contact with a downed power line
If you have to exit a vehicle (i.e. It’s on fire) that has come in contact with downed power lines
The video below offers valuable information on what do in the event a vehicle comes into contact with a power pole.
YES! Don’t make a judgment call; make a phone call to 811. Don’t make a risky assumption about whether or not you should get your utility lines marked. Every digging job requires a call – even “small” projects like planting trees and shrubs.