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On the farm

Farm accidents can cause severe injuries or death, and damage to property and livestock. Know how tall your machinery is, and where the power lines are located in your yard and along the roads.

A tractor pulling a harrower onto a field knocked over a hydro pole and gets tangled up in power lines.

Avoid accidents with heavy machinery – always know where the power lines are.

Enlarge image: A tractor pulling a harrower onto a field knocked over a hydro pole and gets tangled up in power lines.

Plan ahead for farm safety

  • Always look up and check your clearance.
  • Apply for approved route, permits, and clearance to power lines before moving farm buildings or equipment.
  • Ensure overhead power lines on your property and near field entrances are high enough to safely clear your machinery.
  • Lower truck boxes, tractor loaders, and other equipment before you drive away.
  • Follow all restrictions when moving across natural gas pipelines.
  • Always disconnect the circuit before working on electrical equipment.
  • Identify hazards and share safety plans with your employees.

Plan a safe farm yard for you, your family, and your employees.

  • Locate barns, sheds, granaries, propane and fuel tanks at least 9 metres from overhead power lines.
  • When building new bins, plan traffic movement so that it does not go under overhead lines.
  • Plant tall-growing trees at least 9 metres to the side of overhead power lines.

Learn how to be safe around your backup generator.

Call us at 204-480-5900 (Winnipeg) or 1-888-624-9376 (toll-free) if you need power lines moved.

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Bury overhead power lines

If your farm yard has overhead power lines, consider burying them to:

  • eliminate the danger of farm equipment coming in contact with them;
  • prevent downed lines during storms;
  • improve the appearance of your farm yard.

Our Go Underground Program compensates a portion of the costs to bury the primary line in your farm yard. The program may cover:

  • 50% of installation costs up to a maximum of $10,000 to bury existing overhead power lines;
  • 25% of total costs up to a maximum of $10,000 for new construction.

Contact your local district office for a cost estimate, or apply online to change your electrical service.

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Electrically heated livestock waterers

Inspect your waterer carefully before you turn it on for the winter. Check all connections for damaged or frayed conductors, and clean up corroded connections with a wire brush.

If the waterer develops an electrical fault, your animals may get an uncomfortable shock that prevents them from getting enough water.

Follow the waterer manufacturer’s installation, operating, and maintenance instructions to protect you and your animals from electric shock.

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Grass and stubble fires

Every year, uncontrolled stubble fires damage power lines and poles.

These fires may cause outages that leave people without electricity for hours and put people on life support at risk. Fallen poles and power lines are extremely dangerous and should be reported immediately to 911 or your local emergency services.

As a landowner, you are responsible for the cost of repairing or replacing damaged poles caused by your grass fire.

Before you start a burn this year, have your safety precautions in place. Install fireguards to protect utility poles and closely monitor your burn.

Check with your municipality for current burning restrictions. See more information on the Province of Manitoba’s Controlled Crop Residue Burning Program website.