With seeding well underway for some parts of the region, SaskPower wants to remind farmers to prioritize safety when working under powerlines. 

Last year saw 268 farm related line contacts, which is an increase from years past for both the seeding and harvest seasons. 

In a release Nidal Dabghi, Director of Safety at SaskPower said “We understand that spring seeding is a very busy time across Saskatchewan, and we urge farmers to work safely so they can come home safe tonight” 

And that “Safety should be everyone’s top priority, and we want producers to take the necessary steps to work safely this spring.” 

Also, in the release it was stated that,  

“In the event of a line contact, SaskPower reminds equipment operators to remain in their vehicle and to call 911 immediately.  

Should a fire be ignited from the line contact, operators should follow the safe exit procedure and under no circumstances return to their vehicle or implement:  

  • Swing the vehicle door wide open, being sure to not touch the outside of the vehicle.
  • Make sure no wires are in your way.  

  • Stand in the doorway of the vehicle, cross your arms in front of your chest and put your feet together. • Jump as far from the vehicle as possible, making sure you don’t touch the outside of the vehicle. Land with your feet together.  

  • With your arms still crossed and feet together, hop away from the vehicle (at least 10 metres).  

  • Call 911 immediately.” 

For more information visit SaskPower’s page here