UniSource Urges Customers to Stay Safe Around Electricity This Spring

Tucson, Ariz. – UniSource Energy Services is offering customers springtime safety reminders this month through bill inserts, radio advertisements and social media posts.

At work or at play, here are a few ways to avoid electrical hazards this spring, which begins this week.

Stay at least 10 feet away from power lines. Trees or shrubs on private property can grow to obscure nearby power lines. Homeowners are responsible for keeping branches at least 15 feet away from service lines that connect their homes to our local energy grid. If trees on your property have grown into power lines, call UniSource first at 877-837-4968 to ask for your electric service to be suspended temporarily so that you can trim safely. This service is free. When trimming, make sure heavy limbs don’t fall onto electrical equipment below.

Look up, look around. Avoid contact with energized power lines or other equipment by looking up and around before using tall ladders, pool skimmers, extended electric trimming poles and other power equipment. Working on your antenna, satellite dish or rooftop air conditioning unit also may bring you near power lines. Always stay at least 10 feet away from them for your safety.

Exercise caution when using electrical tools. Water conducts electricity. Do not use electric mowers or other electrical tools while standing on wet surfaces or in the rain. Always use an insulated extension cord that’s rated for outdoor use and with the correct power rating for the equipment. Check power tools and their cords for any signs of damage. If you see damage, no matter how small, fix or replace it.

Don’t play around with safety. Spring is a great time for kids to play in the fresh air, but certain activities can be risky near energized lines. Keep children safe by not allowing them to fly kites, operate drones or float balloons near power lines. Do not try to remove items that get hung up on power lines. Instead, call UniSource for help. Children should not climb trees near our power lines or play on or around our ground equipment and transformers.

Respect the drone safety zoneAlways exercise caution if you’re flying a drone anywhere near electrical equipment.

Call before you dig. The law requires you to call 811 at least two working days before breaking ground on any project so that underground utility lines can be located and marked, even if you’re just planting a tree or a spring garden. Call 811 or visit the Arizona 811 website to take advantage of this free service before you start digging.