Public Safety



To learn how you can work safely with electricity, please see the items below:
 

Fallen /Downed Wires


 
Never touch any fallen wire or use any object to move power lines. Consider every wire on the ground to be energized and dangerous.  Call the VINLEC Emergency Service Representative for help at our emergency telephone number 456-1540.
 
DO NOT throw any object onto power lines which can cause short circuits. This includes items you might not consider conductive, such as ropes, shoes and strings. Although wood is non-conductive, if even slightly wet it will conduct electricity, causing electric shock or electrocution. Power lines can also slide down such objects when lifted.
 
Substations


Substations are not playgrounds.  Substations are places in your neighborhood where high voltage electricity is reduced to be sent to homes.  These substations are protected by fences or walls.  Do not climb over these fences or walls.  If you have lost something over a substation fence, call 
VINLEC and the company will retrieve it for you.
 
Traffic Accident

If you are involved in a traffic accident that results in power lines touching your car, do not get out of your car unless it is on fire. If you must get out of your car, do your best to jump clear of the car, landing on both feet.  Then shuffle away from the car, keeping both feet close together, to minimize the path of electric current and avoid electric shock.
  
Posted Signs

Obey warning signs, for example “DANGER: HIGH VOLTAGE”, which are posted in strategic locations and should be adhered to at all times. 
 
Electrical Equipment

A meter and other electrical equipment may be located on the outside of a home or building.  The meter measures the amount of electricity used.  Never tamper with this or any electrical equipment.  It is illegal to tamper with the meter.
 
Poles & Stay wires

Do not light fire in the vicinity of poles.
Do not tie animals to poles or stay wires.