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Public Safety Announcement from Surprise Valley Electric - 10/25/17
WARNING: Stay Away from Downed Power Lines
Occasionally an overhead power line can fall to the ground, usually caused by a storm or vehicle accident. When a power line is on the ground it is not obvious whether it is a live, energized wire or not. You cannot tell by looking at or listening to an electrical wire to determine if it is energized or not.
EVERY DOWNED WIRE NEEDS TO BE TREATED AS A LIVE, ENERGIZED WIRE. PLEASE STAY AWAY AND CALL FOR HELP, DO NOT TRY TO MOVE THE WIRE, IT MAY COST YOU YOUR LIFE.
Downed power lines can energize metal and wire fences, sprinkler lines, trees, and other wires, such as phone and cable TV lines. Please stay away from downed wires even if you think it is just a phone or cable wire. It may be energized. Line workers are trained to work on power lines and they always use protective gear, whether they know the wire is dead or not. Please do not touch or go near a downed wire, but instead, call the Surprise Valley Electric office at 530.233.3511 or the toll free number of 866.843.2667. After hours the Surprise Valley Electric phone is forwarded to the Modoc County Sheriff who will dispatch a line worker to the emergency.
Surprise Valley Electric is currently in the process of installing new meters on all of our accounts. These meters are more efficient and will allow SVEC employees to read them with a hand held device while driving by account locations. With this being said, we wanted to supply our members with some information on the radio frequency and the safety of these meters. Should you have any concerns, please feel free to print these or read them to your liking!