KISSIMMEE, Fla., October 13, 2009 – Most of us know to stay away from power lines but sometimes we forget. In light of the tragic electrocution overnight of three family members in Palm Bay, Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) reminds customers to use safety when working outdoors.
Installation and removal of ladders, antenna, metal poles and flagpoles is one of the most common types of power line contacts. Television antennas, CB antennas and any other type of pole can be fatal when they come in contact with power lines. Here are some helpful safety tips:
• When installing or removing any type of antenna or pole, always know where the power line is located.
• Get enough help to do the job safely.
• Make sure to plan your work well and work at least 10 feet from overhead lines.
• Aluminum ladders are awkward to handle. Whether you’re installing or removing your antenna, painting, cleaning gutters or working on the roof – be careful! Contact can injure or kill.
• When using a ladder or installing or removing an antenna or pole, make sure its distance away from any power line is at least 10 feet or twice its total height – whichever is greater. If the ladder, antenna or pole falls onto a power line, don’t touch it. Instead call KUA for help.
• Keep in mind that poles and antenna tend to bend the further the end is from your grip, especially in windy conditions.
• Keep clear of power lines that cross lakes, ponds or other bodies of water. Water levels can fluctuate due to weather conditions, so operate at least 10 feet away.
Electricity plays a key role in our lives. It’s all around us – even overhead – so it’s important to know how to play it safe around power lines and make power line awareness a vital part of your outside activities.
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 62,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.
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Chris M. Gent