Outdoor Safety

  • Never touch or approach downed power lines. Always assume that downed wires are energized. Call Minnesota Power immediately to report downed wires at 1-800-228-4966.
  • Keep ladders, antennas, long-handled equipment and other conductive objects away from power lines.
  • Never use electric tools near water or in the rain.
  • Don't fly kites near electric lines. If kite string gets caught in a power line, leave it alone; don't try to remove the string from the line. Instead, call Minnesota Power for assistance.
  • Never climb a utility pole or a tree that is near electric wires.
  • Never enter a substation or fenced enclosure that surrounds electrical equipment. The fenced-off area is extremely dangerous.