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V​ehicle safety and electricity

Pedestrians and other vehicles are just some of the hazards to be aware of while driving. You’re also ​​​likely to come across an EPCOR work site. Safe driving practices will help keep you and our crews safe.

Vehicle accidents invo​​​lving power lines and electrical equipment

If your vehicle hits electrical equipment the first thing to remember is to stay in your vehicle while you assess the situation, and know what to do in an emergency. Call 911 and report the situation, they will contact us to send out a crew to make the scene safe.​​

Winter driving safety tips

Winter driving conditions can create risks around electrical equipment and emergency work. Reduced visibility, icy conditions, and unpredictable weather mean we should be extra careful.

  Change your driving habits for the conditions

Change your speed, spacing, and braking for the conditions to 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.

  Pay close attention to the road

Being distracted for just a second can cause an accident. Scan the road ahead. Watch 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 around worksites

 

When our crews are completing repairs to equipment and restoring services, it might disrupt traffic. Remember, we have equipment above and below ground, so just because you don't see anyone, doesn't mean there isn't anyone present. If you see one of our crews on the road, slow down and obey the road safety signs.

The area around a work site can be extremely dangerous. Please stay back and drive cautiously around the marked area. Obey the signs or any traffic control staff onsite. Watch your spacing between your vehicle, the power or water equipment, workers, and other vehicles.

Driving cautiously and slowly will keep you and our crews safe.

 


Disclaimer

This webpage provides information only. Any reliance placed on this information is strictly at your own risk. EPCOR does not assume any responsibility or liability for any action, loss or damage that arises out of, or is in connection with the information contained in this webpage.