Before grabbing that shovel, Toronto Hydro reminds customers to think
about power lines first
TORONTO, June 26, 2012 /CNW/ - According to a recent survey commissioned
by Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited ("Toronto Hydro"), 34 per
cent of city residents are planning some type of home improvement. And
of that, about the same say that their project will likely involve
digging in the yard, and/or working around overhead power lines. While
most digging in the garden is safe, it's the digging around electrical
equipment that can be dangerous. Toronto Hydro strongly urges
gardeners and renovators to take precautions around electrical
Awareness and education are critical in preventing tragedies from
occurring. Need a refresher? See Toronto Hydro and City TV's Frankie
Flower's tips for working around the home safely at http://youtu.be/DNnOUnZROyM
OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND
Depending on the neighbourhood, Toronto Hydro infrastructure may be
located underground or overhead. Many people forget to consider what's
around and underground.
Overhead wires can be hidden by trees. When doing work around the home
things like ladders can cause injuries if they make contact with a
power line. Customers should take notice and have power lines covered
or de-energized. Even if a contractor is doing the work, should an
injury occur, the homeowner can be held responsible. Equally important
is to remind children about overhead wires while playing with kites or
other toys that fly (ie. remote control helicopters), and they should
never climb hydro poles. With underground infrastructure, Toronto
Hydro has above-ground boxes and while safe to touch when closed, it's
best to just tell them to stay clear altogether.
PEACE OF MIND - WHAT'S LURKING OVERHEAD AND UNDERGROUND?
Customers concerned about tree branches or shrubs around wires or
equipment, should not attempt to clear it before consulting with
Toronto Hydro. Employees are trained arborists and will attempt to
directionally prune the trees (train them to grow away for power lines)
or provide guidance on choosing an arborist.
When digging, it's easy to confirm whether any underground
infrastructure is present. Ontario One Call is a not-for-profit agency
that offers a free locating service. Requests need to be made five
working days in advance and can be made by phone or at www.on1call.com
QUOTE - City TV's Frankie Flowers, Weather and Gardening Specialist
"Summer is about enjoying our outdoor spaces and knowing how to keep you
and your family safe is the best way to enjoy Toronto outdoors!"
Conducted by Leger Marketing in April 2012, the survey found:
1 in 3 Toronto homeowners are planning to renovate or make home/yard
improvements in the next 12 months;
Among those planning to do work around the home, 36 per cent will be
digging or working around power lines;
84 per cent of those surveyed had never heard of Ontario One Call; and
The vast majority (8 in 10) know that it's the law to notify utilities
before they dig.
Customers can call 311 or Toronto Hydro forestry directly at 416-542-7800 regarding concerns
with vines and trees around power lines.
Ontario One Call Ltd. facilitates excavator locate requests within the
Province of Ontario and to notify the members with underground
facilities in the vicinity of the dig site. This is a free service to
homeowners. For more information visit www.torontohydro.com, www.on1call.com or call them directly at 1.800.400.2255.
For more safety tips and directions, visit the Toronto Hydro or the Electrical Safety Authority website.
Know what the spray painted markings on the road or sidewalk indentify?
Hydro is red, Gas is yellow, Water is blue, and Telecommunications is
orange. The survey found that most don't know (60 to 80 per cent) what
the different colours mean.
About Toronto Hydro
The principal business of the Corporation and its subsidiaries is the
distribution of electricity by Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited.
Toronto Hydro-Electric System owns and operates an electricity
distribution system, which delivers electricity to approximately
709,000 customers located in the City of Toronto. It is the largest
municipal electricity distribution company in Canada and distributes
approximately 18% of the electricity consumed in the Province of
The information in these materials is based on information currently
available to Toronto Hydro Corporation and its affiliates (together
hereinafter referred to as "Toronto Hydro"), and is provided for
information purposes only.
SOURCE Toronto Hydro Corporation
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Tanya Bruckmueller, Toronto Hydro-Electric System