June is National Safety Month and a perfect time to remind residents not to use utility poles as personal billboards.
It may seem innocent enough, but putting garage sale signs, birthday party balloons, lost pet posters or other items on utility poles creates serious safety hazards. Staples, nails and tacks used to hang signs—as well as the signs themselves—pose dangers to lineworkers who must climb poles when restoring power or while performing routine maintenance. The nails and tacks left behind can snag lineworkers’ boots or puncture protective clothing and gloves, putting the linemen at risk of slipping or even electrocution.
In addition to being hazardous, tampering with utility poles can be costly. Posting signs or attaching other objects to utility poles is illegal and can carry a fine of up to $500.
We appreciate your help in keeping utility poles clear and our linemen safe.