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Driving around power equipment and emergency work

 

Winter driving conditions can create risks around electrical power equipment and emergency work. Reduced visibility, icy conditions, and unpredictable weather mean we should be extra careful. A focus on road safety around these work sites can help keep everyone safe.

Winter driving safety tips

  Change your driving habits for the conditions

Changing your speed, spacing, and braking for the conditions can help prevent accidents. Gentle driving habits are especially important on icy or snow-covered roads and when visibility is limited.

  Know about where ice builds up

Ice likes to build up on ramps, bridge decks, and intersections. Keep an eye out for black ice. It makes the road look black and shiny instead of grey or white. Slow down in these areas.

  Slow down around emergency work

If you see one of our emergency work teams on the road, slow down and obey the road safety signs. Driving cautiously and slowly will make sure you and our crew stay safe.

  Pay close attention to the road

Being distracted for just a second can cause an accident. Scan the road ahead. Keep an eye out for other vehicles, pedestrians, wildlife, power equipment, worksites. Always obey road safety signs.

  Make sure you can see and are visible to others

Keep your windshield washer fluid topped up and replace damaged wiper blades. Always make sure other drivers can see you. Turn your headlights on, even during the day, and keep them clean.

  Avoid cruise control

Don't use cruise control in extreme winter driving conditions. If you suddenly hit a patch of ice or water, you could lose control of your vehicle. Save cruise control for when the roads are clear.     

 

Driving safety tips around excavation and emergency work

When our emergency crews are working to restore service and completing repairs on equipment, it might disrupt traffic. When you approach an emergency work site, slow down and pay close attention to the road safety signs. Driving slowly and carefully is especially important during winter driving conditions.

The area around an electrical excavation site, or any damaged or downed powerlines, can be extremely dangerous. Please drive cautiously around the marked area. Obey the signs or any traffic control staff onsite. Watch your spacing between your vehicle, the power equipment, workers, and other vehicles. 

 

 

What to do if your vehicle hits power equipment

 

If you get into an accident and your vehicle hits electrical equipment, stay in your car. Look around and assess the situation. Check for power lines or equipment on or touching your vehicle. Determine if you can drive your vehicle a safe distance away from the equipment.  

 If you can safely remove your vehicle from the scene:

  • Carefully drive a safe distance from the power equipment: at least 10 metres/33 feet.
  • Call 911. We'll dispatch an EPCOR trouble truck to turn off the power and ensure the area is safe.
  • Don't go near the damaged electrical equipment. Keep yourself and others at least 10 metres away.

If you can't safely remove your vehicle from the scene:

  • Stay inside your vehicle!
  • Call 911. We'll dispatch an EPCOR trouble truck to turn off the power and ensure the area is safe.
  • Wait inside your vehicle until an EPCOR employee can open the door for you. They will give you instructions on how to exit your vehicle safely and what to do next.
  • Try to keep others at least 10 metres away from your vehicle and the damaged power equipment.

If there is a fire at the scene:

  • Don't panic.
  • You have to exit your vehicle by jumping clear of the vehicle. Keep your feet close together and try to land on the ground with both feet at the same time.
  • Never touch your vehicle and the ground at the same time.
  • Don't reach back into the vehicle.
  • Move away from the vehicle by shuffling your feet, always keep both feet together and on the ground. Shuffle at least 10 metres away.
  • Do not return to your vehicle.
  • Call 911 and keep yourself and others at least 10 metres away from the vehicle and damaged power equipment.