A few reminders about hunting near power lines

Hunters should take precautions and be aware of potential electrical hazards while hunting. Here are a few reminders about safety for both hunters and electrical equipment.

  • Note the location of power lines and other electrical equipment before you begin a hunt.  Be especially careful and observant in wooded areas where power lines are easy to overlook.
  • Obey all signs or postings that advise electrical safety, especially when selecting the location for a tree stand. Never use power poles to support a tree stand.  Look for an ideal tree for your stand, one that is sturdy and alive.  Tree stands are the leading cause for hunting injuries.
  • Never shoot nearby power lines or other electrical equipment.  A single shot can cause vast damage to the electrical system.  Damage to electrical equipment can result in power interruptions and physical risks to those nearby.
  • If you are using a portable electric generator on your hunting trip, make sure that you do not run it in a confined area.  Do not use it inside a cabin or RV. Make sure that it is used outside where there is plenty of ventilation.

Source: Safe Electricity