Look Up Before You Climb

Using a ladder near overhead power lines could cause electrocution. When using a ladder:

Keep yourself and all equipment 10 feet away from overhead power lines.

  • Electricity can arc or jump if a ladder gets too close.
  • A ladder could make direct contact with the line.

Use a ladder during ideal weather conditions.

  • Rain can make the ground slippery.
  • Wind could blow a ladder into a power line.

Do not trim trees/branches that are near power lines.

  • It is dangerous to trim near overhead power lines.
  • By law, only certified line clearance tree trimmers can do so.

Do not use water or blower extensions to clean gutters near overhead lines.

  • All power lines can cause electrocution, including those feeding your home.
  • Always follow the 10-foot distance rule when working or playing outside.

Anything that elevates you can take you too close to a power line if you are not aware of your surroundings.

Follow all safety recommendations when using a ladder. Look up before you climb.