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Stay Safe: Don’t touch electrical equipment

November 2, 2021

Utility equipment is all around us — from those “green boxes” in backyards to fenced-in substations and wooden poles along the highway. As members of South Central Power Company, you are the owners of the co-op — but we need your help to keep our equipment secure and our community safe. Here are some facts and tips about utility equipment. If in doubt, don’t touch it — call us first for assistance!

METERS

Members, or contractors hired by members such as electricians or home remodelers, should NEVER pull an electric meter. Call us at 800-282-5064 to schedule a meter pull — it’s easy and free!

POLES

Utility poles aren’t bulletin boards. For the safety of our workers, never post signs or flyers on a utility pole. Staples or nails can damage safety gear and injure utility workers.

TRANSFORMERS

Never sit or play on those “big green boxes,” which are actually underground electric tools. Use caution with equipment such as tractors and mowers around them, too, and avoid planting trees and shrubs within 6 feet of the front and 3 feet of the sides of the transformer.

SUBSTATIONS

Utility substations are private property clearly marked with “no trespassing” and warning signs, for good reason — coming into contact with equipment inside a substation can cause serious injury or even death. Stay away, and call us if you ever see anything suspicious around one of our substations.

From the November 2021 issue of Ohio Cooperative Living.