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Give safety a shot when preparing for hunting

Hunters have their sights on wild game when preparing for hunting season. A few moments devoted to safety can help prevent an accident with utility equipment. We urge hunters to take precautions and be aware of potential electrical hazards while hunting.

  • Before leaving for a hunting trip, make sure you have safety items to signal for help in case of an emergency. Always bring emergency supplies in the event of an accident. A cellphone, whistle, and flashlight should be carried with you throughout a hunting trip.
  • Note the location of power lines and other electrical equipment before you begin a hunt. Be especially observant in wooded areas, where power lines are easy to overlook.
  • Tree stands are the leading cause of hunting injuries.  If you are using a tree stand, make sure you read the manufacturer’s instructions and inspect the stand for wear before use.
  • Never use power poles to support a tree stand. Look for an ideal tree for your stand, one that is sturdy and alive. While climbing up to the stand, keep at least three points of contact.
  • Never shoot nearby power lines or other electrical equipment. A single shot can cause vast damage to the electrical system. Damage to electrical equipment can result in power interruptions and physical risks to those nearby.
  • When setting up and taking down the stand, make sure you do not come into contact with any overhead electrical equipment.
  • If you are using a portable electric generator on your hunting trip, make sure that you do not run it in a confined area. Do not use it inside a cabin or RV. Make sure that it is used outside where there is plenty of ventilation.

For more information on electrical safety, visit SafeElectricity.org.

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