Safety in the Community
In addition to ensuring electrical safety inside and outside of the home, it is also important for everyone to play a part in ensuring safety in the Lakeland Power communities.
Learn about the following potential hazards in your community and how you can help to keep it safe.
LANDSCAPING AND TREE TRIMMING
It’s important to ensure that around your property trees and other plants don’t grow too close to powerlines and other electrical equipment.
- Tree limbs that come down during a storm or high winds can bring powerlines with them causing a power outage and leave live powerlines on the ground which is a severe safety hazard.
- Tree branches that touch powerlines can also cause a fire and create an electric shock hazard if someone touches the tree.
- Locate overhead powerlines before trimming or prunning trees.
- Contact Lakeland Power to remove, prune and trim trees around overhead powerlines.
- Look up when doing tree and property maintenance.
- Locate underground powerlines prior to excaving and removing tree trunks and/or roots, contact Lakeland Power to request a ‘locate’ to indentify underground powerlines. Allow a minimum of two weeks to receive all locates. All locates must be received prior to excavation.
PLANTING NEW TREES AND SHRUBS
If you’re planting new trees on your property, make sure to check the following safety tips.
- Locate overhead powerlines.
- Locate underground powerlines prior to digging or excaving to plant trees by contacting Lakeland Power to identify its undergound powerlines.
- ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT : minimum clearance when planting near pad mounted equipment.
- TRANSFORMERS: 3 meters is required in front of the door(s) and 1.5 meters on the sides and back.
- SWITCHGEAR: 3 meters is required in the front and back doors, and 1.5 meters on the sides.
- Check municipal, regional and township by-laws for specifications.
- Check with Lakeland Power for its planting requirements under or around overhead powerlines and electrical equipment, including underground powerlines.
- Check with Lakeland Power to identify easements that might apply.
TREE PLANTING AND TRIMMING GUIDELINES
Refer to the following Guidelines from the Electrical Safety Authority when it comes to tree trimming and planting.
TREE TRIMMING GUIDELINES
TREE PLANTING GUIDELINES
Substations are part of the electrical distribution system that delivers electricity to our customers. Fences around the stations protect the public from the high voltage equipment inside.The signs at our fenced-in electrical facilities warn the public of danger and to stay out.
The high voltage electricity inside a substation makes it a dangerous place for people, who are not authorized to be inside the fence and don’t have the right training or protective gear.
Occasionally, items like soccer balls are accidentally kicked inside the substation fence. If this happens do not attempt to climb the fence to retrieve your ball. Contact Lakeland Power at 1-888-282-7711 and we will be happy to retrieve the ball for you.
On occasion, vandals purposely open gates or cut holes in the fence, creating a significant safety risk for themselves and the public.
If you see suspicious activity around a substation, contact the local police. If you notice a substation fence that has been vandalized, stay clear and call Lakeland Power immediately at 1-888-282-7711 to report the hazard.
CREWS AT WORK
Crews are often set up on the roadway performing emergency work, pole replacements service work, etc. For the public and workers safety, temporary pedestrian and traffic changes are put in place to accommodate this work. For safety reasons, please slow down and proceed with caution through these worksites and obey all road condition signs.