Downed power lines, overhead lines and underground lines pose potential risks. Learn how to stay safely away from high-voltage electricity.
- If overhead power lines are downed for any reason, stay clear until you are sure the power is shut off.
- Call 911 or 1-888-365-2412 for assistance.
- Do not touch the wires.
- If the downed power lines have fallen on a motor vehicle, avoid contact with the vehicle — it has probably been electrified, and deadly shock could result if you touch the vehicle and the ground at the same time.
- Avoid contacting power lines, whether directly or with another object.
- Don’t let children play or climb on wooden utility poles, metal transmission towers or any trees that may bring them into contact with power lines.
- Kites, model airplanes, fishing line and other objects can get hung up in power lines or in a tree near an overhead line. Don’t try to pull an item down or climb on anything to get it. Call LES at 1-888-365-2412, and we’ll get it down for you.
Underground utility lines
- Call Nebraska811 (811 or 1-800-331-5666) before you dig to learn the location of underground utilities near your home. You also can request locates online here.
- Submit your request two business days before you dig.
- A substation’s primary function is to transform voltage from high to low for distribution to homes and offices or from low to high for transmission across great distances.
- Steer clear of this high-voltage equipment.
- This first-responder video is a guide for law enforcement interaction with substations.
- Many neighborhoods have ground transformers in front or backyards.
- If you have one in your yard, you can help yourself, your neighbors and our workers by making sure there is 10 feet of clearance from the front door opening of the green metal boxes and switchgear, and three feet or more from the equipment on the other three sides.
- Keeping plants and structures away from this equipment will help our crews restore power to you and your neighbors more quickly during an outage.
Transmission line corridors
- Transmission lines carry electricity at voltages much higher than other lines. These lines are necessary to transport large amounts of power between generation facilities and different areas within our community.
- To ensure safety, maintain reliability and provide ready access by LES crews and our contractors, LES restricts items and activities near these lines in the area known as the transmission line corridor. This corridor is made up of LES right-of-way easements and, in some locations, public right of way.