If you or someone around you comes into contact with electricity, remember these rules to keep you and others safe:
- Keep everyone away from the equipment, its load, or from fallen wires. Touching a winch line or the load on the equipment could be fatal. This same guideline applies to broken underground cables.
- Call 204-480-5900 in Winnipeg or 1-888-624-9376 outside Winnipeg to get help or to have the power shut off.
- Rescue can only be attempted by a person trained to use special live-line tools. In cases involving high voltage lines, even using a wooden tool, a dry rope, hose, wood pole, or board to move a victim from the wire is dangerous. If life is at stake and rescue must be attempted, a heavy object like those previously mentioned can sometimes be thrown in order to separate the victim from the wire. Never touch the equipment or the victim if either is still in contact with the power line.
- Rubber boots and gloves are not made to insulate you against the tremendous amount of power flowing through a typical distribution line. They will catch fire if zapped by electricity.
- Some rubber tires will actually conduct electricity. For example, carbon-based rubber, steel belts and reinforcements make some tires very good conductors.
- Tires may explode or begin to burn immediately upon contact with a power line.
In the case of an electrical fire, follow these precautions:
- Call 911 or your local emergency services.
- Disconnect the power if it is safe to do so.
- Use the proper extinguisher to extinguish any fire that is left burning after the power is disconnected.
- Never attempt to extinguish an electrical fire with water.
- If the electrical fire is large, do not try to handle the fire yourself.