Safety in Your Home

Take special care near power lines.

Never underestimate the potential for danger when you’re around powerlines. Whether they’ve been downed by storms or accidents, or are firmly affixed to their poles, you should never get close to or touch powerlines yourself or with equipment. Even touching the equipment that contacts a line could have tragic results.

  • Antennas should be installed well away from powerlines; the distance should equal at least the height of the antenna plus three (3) metres. Never install or repair an antenna by yourself. Touching or even going near a hydro wire with a ladder or antenna could cause serious injury or death. Having two sets of hands and two pair of eyes on the job will go a long way towards ensuring everyone’s safety.
  • When planting trees or shrubs, make sure they don’t have the potential to grow up into overhead power lines. If you do have a tree growing into an Essex Powerline, please contact us. We will assess the need to trim or cut the tree. There is no charge for this service. If they are private lines, please contact the owner. Do not attempt to prune or chop down a tree near lines yourself; a tree falling onto a power line can cause serious injury or death.
  • When sailing, always look up to make sure there are no powerlines in your path. Contact between them and your mast could be fatal.
  • There are a lot of hazards around swimming pools. One that’s commonly overlooked is the presence of overhead electrical wires. So when you’re installing your pool, take a moment to look up! If electrical wires are located within 3 metres of the edge of the pool (measured horizontally), there must be 4.5 metres of vertical clearance between the wires and the highest point of the pool area. This includes diving boards, slides and decks.
  • Remember, many power lines are underground. Cutting through an underground line while digging can be deadly. Neighbourhoods can be totally blacked out by a severed underground cable, so you can imagine how dangerous this can be to the individual holding the shovel or spade. Whether you’re doing some standard yard maintenance or a major excavation, let us know before you dig. We’ll send in a service representative to do an underground cable locate on your property. There is no charge for this service. To request this service online, click here.

Stay clear of fallen wires

If you do spot a downed powerline or wire of any kind, keep at least 10m away, even if it doesn’t appear to be live. Report it to the police and Essex Powerlines immediately.

A downed powerline should never be left unattended. Observing the appropriate distance for safety (10m), an adult should stay in the vicinity of the fallen line to alert others, especially children and curious pets, of the danger, while someone else alerts the police and Essex Powerlines.

If a wire falls across your car while you’re in it, don’t get out. Wait for a crew to come and safely remove it. Remember, both the car and the ground around it may be electrified.

A public safety message from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services:

Fire Safety Notice

For Homes, Apartments and Businesses


While the electricity is off, take care when using alternative lighting, cooking and heating equipment. Review the following information and take precautions to make sure everyone stays safe.

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms

These alarms are essential for your family’s safety. Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms electricity connected to your home’s power supply will not work when the electricity is off, unless they have battery back-ups. Test your smoke alarms to find out if they work.

Make sure your home has a battery-operated smoke alarm on every level and a battery-operated carbon monoxide alarm. You are responsible for notifying your landlord that the dwelling is without electricity.

Portable Generators

  • Portable generators should be used outdoors only. They should be carefully placed outside to ensure that fumes do not enter the building.
  • Generators and hot gases should be kept away from combustible.
  • Store fuel for the generator outside in an approved container a safe distance away from the building and generator.
  • Refuel only after shutting down and letting it cool. Follow manufacturer’s recommendations regarding use.
  • Hire a licensed electrical contractor or electrician to install the unit. Have the installation inspected by the Electrical Safety Authority.

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