Some electrical utility equipment is located on the ground, such as locked steel cabinets (“green boxes”) that contain transformers. Transformers are part of our electricity system.
Transformers convert voltage from our electricity system into a level suitable for your home. A large amount of energy is stored in transformers!
Opening, touching, or removing contents of electrical equipment is very dangerous. You could be seriously hurt or killed. It is important to stay informed and do not tamper with electrical equipment.
For more information, please visit the ESA website: https://www.esasafe.com/consumers/safety-and-security/powerline-safety/
Overhead power lines are a necessary component of our electricity distribution system.
These power lines carry high voltage electricity and can cause serious harm if anyone gets too close to them.
Downed overhead power lines can be caused by storms, ice, equipment failure, or vehicle accidents.
If you see a downed overhead powerline, stay a minimum of 10 metres or 33 feet (the length of a school bus) away from downed overhead power lines. Call 911 immediately and then call your Local Distribution Company.
Know what to do; stay inside a vehicle that has come into contact with overhead wires until the power is disconneced (unless you see a flame)!
You must shuffle at least a distance of 10 metres (33 feet; at least the size of one full school bus) from the downed powerline or anything in contact with it; like the car, or a fence, until you can walk normally. Keep everyone at least that far away!
Overhead wires carry fatal amounts of electricity. If your vehicle has come into contact with an overhead wire, stay in the vehicle until the power is disconnected. Even if you see smoke, stay in the vehicle.
However, if you see a flame, you will need to get out away from the risk of fire and exit safely.