SAFETY

All persons preparing to dig must call Mississippi One-Call before they dig, it's the law.  The responsibility for complying with the One-Call Law is placed on the entity doing the excavation. 

MISSISSIPPI ONE-CALL 1-800-227-6477                   


AVOID DOWNED POWER LINES

Is it dead or alive?  That power line you see lying on the ground can be either; you cannot tell by looking.  To report a downed power line call (601) 267-5671.  Severe storms, automobile accidents, fire and other circumstances can cause power lines to fall to the ground. 

When you see a fallen or damaged power line, remember this life saving lesson; never touch a power line.  Central Electric Power Association urges you to assume every power line is "live" that is, still has electricity flowing through it and can kill or seriously burn you if you touch it.  Even wires that are "dead" can suddenly become energized when crews are working on them.  Stay away from power lines and warn others, especially children, to stay away, too.

Don't touch anything that is touching the power line, such as a fence, a car, or piece of machinery.  If a wire falls on your car while you are in it, stay put.  Wait for help to arrive before opening the door.  If you see a power line on the ground, call Central Electric Power Association, or alert the police, sheriff's office or fire  department immediately.

Although accidents involving electricity are rare, they can happen when people get careless.  Following a few simple safety rules and teaching them to your children, can help prevent tragedy.  Utility lines are also buried in the ground; beware of the possibilty of underground power lines before you dig.

BE ALERT TO OVERHEAD POWER LINES

Serious outdoor accidents involving electricity occur on all types of work sites.  But most of these accidents could have been prevented, with these few simple steps.

First, make sure you and your employees know the location of overhead power lines, and map out ways to avoid them when moving equipment.  Make sure everyone understands that any contact with these lines carries the potential for a serious, even fatal accident.  Taking a moment before beginning work could save a life.

To prevent accidenal contact with lines, everyone should know the height of all your equipment and the height of the lines.  Mississippi law provides a 10 foot right-of -way along either side of a power line:  tall equipment must be kept out of the right-of-way.

Be extra careful when moving pipes.  Many electrial accidents occur when irrigation pipes are accidently raised into the power lines.  The combination can be quite deadly. 

Avoid moving large equipment alone.  Have someone watch as you drive equipment to ensure that you stay clear of power lines.

These rules also apply to guy wires, which support power lines poles.  Steer mowers, tractors and other equipment clear of these wires.  Damaging guy wires can weaken the poles and even cause them to topple, bringing live power lines down onto the ground and creating an extremely hazardous situation.

Caution should be taken in directing any TV or CB radio antenna.  Contact can kill.