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Safety on the farm

Working and living on a farm brings its own safety-related challenges. Please always remember to practice caution when storing objects or working near power lines. Here are a few things to remember:

  • Be careful when you're moving or storing pipes near power lines. Stack them safely away from power lines. Irrigation pipe can become an electricity conductor through water and through metal pipe. Respect the energy and keep pipe at least 30 metres away from high voltage lines so inadvertent actions do not cause a shock.
  • Large haystacks can be an invitation for kids to climb too close to power lines. Remember the safety space, and be sure to put your stack out of harm's way.
  • Lower grain augers before moving them. Ensure there is enough clearance between overhead wires and equipment like combines, tractors or cultivators.
  • Be careful when pruning trees, as a wire could be hidden in the branches. If you see a problem with a tree, call us first. On some sites we're responsible for tree-trimming, and on others we can advise you of the safest course of action.
  • Fencing is a common part of farming. Remember to call BC One Call 1-800-474-6886 to find out where buried cables are before you start digging fence poles.
  • Water conducts electricity. Be especially careful when irrigating crops and ensure water isn't spraying toward overhead wires.