Farm Safety

Harvester harvesting crops

When in doubt, call a qualified electrician when working with electrical equipment. Voltages from 120 to 480 used with farming equipment can result in serious injury or death.

  • Never assume that electrical disconnects have operated properly. After manually operating a disconnect switch, check it visually and with test equipment to determine if equipment is really de-energized.
  • Keep electrical panels clean of debris. Never blow out your panels with forced air.
  • LOOK UP AND LIVE! Be sure you know where overhead power lines are when operating tall equipment, moving hand line irrigation pipes and stacking hay or other materials near roads.

Other Outdoor Tips

  • Stay away from substations. Their high voltage is dangerous. Call us to retrieve anything accidentally thrown over the fence. 
  • Tools and extension cords should be designed for outdoor use and used only in outlets equipped with ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI). These safety devices reduce the risk of electrocution and should be tested periodically.
  • Never remove the third prong from a cord. This prong connects with a ground wire to keep you safe.
  • Plant safely to avoid overhead lines and electrical equipment in your yard. We trim trees and other obstructions interfering with operation or maintenance of utility equipment, but we do not trim trees that interfere with the secondary lines to your home. These are your responsibility.