Detroit Edison Offers Spring Planting Safety Tips

Apr 16, 2001, 01:00 ET from Detroit Edison

    DETROIT, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Another Michigan planting season is just
 around the corner and preparation for fields of corn, soybeans and sugar beets
 will soon begin.  Detroit Edison reminds customers to watch for overhead power
 lines whether working near the house or out in the field.
     "When using elevated truck beds, raised conveyors and other large folding
 farm implements, it's essential to stop and survey the area to be sure of all
 clearances, even if you are familiar with the area," said Ron A. May, senior
 vice president.  "Operating large farm equipment near electrical lines and
 poles requires extra care."
     Customers can be safe around electric lines and equipment by following
 these safety tips and staying clear of overhead power lines at all times:
 
     *  Before tilling and planting a field, survey the area.  Look for
 potential electrical safety hazards and plan how you will avoid them.
     *  Be aware of the clearance your equipment needs when truck beds are
 elevated or planting and tillage arms are fully extended or raised.
     *  Keep all equipment at least 10 feet away from overhead power lines and
 guy wires at all times.  Give utility poles a wide clearance as well.
     *  Report any activity that might have damaged or undermined the stability
 of a utility pole.  This ensures that inspections will be made and any damage
 repaired to prevent power lines from falling later.
     *  If your farm equipment has become entangled in a power line, remain
 inside the equipment.  Try to drive the equipment away from the line.  If you
 cannot, stay where you are and wait for rescue.  Call or signal for someone to
 call 911 and Detroit Edison -- warn others to stand well away.
     *  Never touch a downed power line or anything it is in contact with --
 even if there are no sparks.  A live wire may whip or sweep through a wide
 area.  A live wire may also lie silent but be equally deadly.
 
     To report equipment entangled in a power line, potential damage to a
 utility pole and any downed wire call Detroit Edison at 1-800-477-4747.
 
 

SOURCE Detroit Edison
    DETROIT, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Another Michigan planting season is just
 around the corner and preparation for fields of corn, soybeans and sugar beets
 will soon begin.  Detroit Edison reminds customers to watch for overhead power
 lines whether working near the house or out in the field.
     "When using elevated truck beds, raised conveyors and other large folding
 farm implements, it's essential to stop and survey the area to be sure of all
 clearances, even if you are familiar with the area," said Ron A. May, senior
 vice president.  "Operating large farm equipment near electrical lines and
 poles requires extra care."
     Customers can be safe around electric lines and equipment by following
 these safety tips and staying clear of overhead power lines at all times:
 
     *  Before tilling and planting a field, survey the area.  Look for
 potential electrical safety hazards and plan how you will avoid them.
     *  Be aware of the clearance your equipment needs when truck beds are
 elevated or planting and tillage arms are fully extended or raised.
     *  Keep all equipment at least 10 feet away from overhead power lines and
 guy wires at all times.  Give utility poles a wide clearance as well.
     *  Report any activity that might have damaged or undermined the stability
 of a utility pole.  This ensures that inspections will be made and any damage
 repaired to prevent power lines from falling later.
     *  If your farm equipment has become entangled in a power line, remain
 inside the equipment.  Try to drive the equipment away from the line.  If you
 cannot, stay where you are and wait for rescue.  Call or signal for someone to
 call 911 and Detroit Edison -- warn others to stand well away.
     *  Never touch a downed power line or anything it is in contact with --
 even if there are no sparks.  A live wire may whip or sweep through a wide
 area.  A live wire may also lie silent but be equally deadly.
 
     To report equipment entangled in a power line, potential damage to a
 utility pole and any downed wire call Detroit Edison at 1-800-477-4747.
 
 SOURCE  Detroit Edison