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Oct 1, 2020

Don't Post It

Don't Post It

Signs promoting garage sales or rewards for lost pets are often placed on utility poles and some folks have even attached balloons for a birthday party. While it may seem like a good place to post such information, such items can further raise the danger risk of working on utility poles for lineworkers.

It is also illegal as Arkansas law and the National Electric Safety Code prohibit the attachment of items to utility poles without approval from the owner/operator. Posting items to utility poles is usually a violation of local ordinances as well.

The clamped safety boots used by lineworkers to climb poles are vulnerable to becoming snagged on staples and nails embedded in posts. Foreign objects can also tear utility workers’ protective clothing, which is the first line of protection from an electric shock. They can also injure workers despite the safety gear they wear to avoid contact with rough surfaces.

Posting items to power poles can also be a public safety hazard. The materials posted on the poles not only distract people as they drive, but they also degrade the quality, effectiveness and stability of the wood. 

It is also just as important to avoid tampering with or disrupting the guy wires that surround utility poles. Please inform children not to play or swing on them. Also maintain your distance when performing yard work. If you see the poles or guy wires are disrupted in some way, please call your local utility company immediately.

Source: Safe Electricity

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