Electricity use has become so common that it’s easy to forget just how dangerous it can be. Stay safe with these tips, how-to videos and resources.  

Downed Power Line Safety

  • Always be on the lookout for fallen or sagging wires, especially after storms.
  •  Stay at least 10 metres away from downed power lines or damaged facilities.
  • Notify ATCO immediately. Call 1 800 668 5506.
  • Keep everyone away from the area.

Vehicle Contact

If you hit a power line with your vehicle:

  • Break the contact, if you can. Drive at least 10 metres away.
  • Stay put and keep others 10 metres back.
  • Call 911 for help.
  • If you must exit your vehicle, JUMP. Then shuffle or hop with your feet together. Don’t step!
  • Don’t touch the vehicle and the ground at the same time. 


tips & resources

  • Call or Click Before you Dig

    Visit Alberta One-Call or call 1 800 242 3447 to find out where buried utilities are on your property. They’re closer to the surface of the ground than you think!

  • Be Plant Smart

    Start at the root of the problem. Avoid planting near lines, poles or underground transformers. Click before you dig! Visit Alberta One-Call or call 1 800 242 3447 to have all registered utilities marked.


  • be power safe at home

    Safety starts with your family. Ensure bathroom and outdoor outlets are equipped with Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs). Always have a qualified electrician perform any electrical work, including hooking up an emergency or back-up generator.

  • Look up

    Whether you’re doing home maintenance, building a new fence or deck or planting a garden, it’s critical you know where all the power lines are located before doing any activity near them. Look up and locate the lines. Be especially careful when using a ladder, pruning or cutting trees, installing or removing an antenna, working on the roof or performing other high-risk tasks.

  • Homeowner’s Guide to Safe Digging

    If you accidentally dig up a cable, call ATCO immediately at 1 800 668 5506. Read the Homeowner’s Guide to Safe Digging from Alberta One-Call to learn more.


    We maintain trees along our powerlines to make sure our system stays up and running. If you ever see a tree that could impact our lines, please let us know.