Safety and Education

Electricity makes it possible for us to enjoy conveniences such as air conditioning, television and microwave ovens. Unfortunately, electricity can also cause property damage, personal injury and death. What makes the difference between the two is safety.

Call before you dig

Before you break ground to plant a tree, erect a fence or perform other digging activities, contact Louisiana One Call at 1-800-272-3020 to get the approximate location of underground facilities marked. You can also call 811. It's free and simple. The Federal Communications Commission approved the use of 811 as the national abbreviated telephone number for commercial and residential consumers to provide advance notice of digging or excavation activities.

Overhead power line safety act

To further promote worker and public safety, the Louisiana legislature has adopted new rules to be followed by those who work near overhead power lines. Specifically:

  • Louisiana law (LRS 45:141-146) prohibits unauthorized persons from working, including moving equipment, within ten feet of any high voltage overhead electric utility line.
  • If any unauthorized person intends to work within ten feet of any high voltage overhead electric utility line, the person responsible for the work to be done must notify the owner or operator of the high voltage overhead electric utility line not less than forty-eight hours prior to commencing work.
  • Work shall be performed only after satisfactory mutual arrangements have been completed between the owner or operator of the high voltage overhead electric utility line and the person responsible for the work to be done.
  • Visit to the Louisiana State Legislature site for the complete text of LRS 45:141-146.

This link to the Electrical Safety Foundation International offers information on electrical safety, including updated statistics.