As summer approaches, people will be working on their roofs, cleaning their eavestrophs, pruning trees, and when you're working on a roof, the Electrical Safety Authority reminds people about the dangers of power lines.
Scott Saint, the Chief Public Safety Officer for the ESA, notes how dangerous powerlines can be.
“This time of year people are often outside, pruning trees, roofing, cleaning eavestrophs, up at their cottage to clear off the roof, to get it ready for summer, and they often forget about the danger above them. Stay at least 3 metres away from the powerlines, that includes your tools, your ladder, and yourself. Don't get any closer than 3 metres. People are very vulnerable to power line contact, and there's been some tragic events. So we want to make sure people are aware of the danger, and stay back 3 metres, don't get any closer,” he said.
The Ontario Electrical Safety Report notes that more than 1,300 overhead power line contacts were reported in Ontario between 2006 and 2015. As a result of those incidents, 23 people lost their lives and others were injured.
In support of Power line Safety Week which runs until May 21, the Electrical Safety Authority is reminding Ontarians to #RespectThePower and be aware of the powerlines around them.