Battle River Power Coop would like to remind all farmers as they head out seeding to look up and around to identify where power poles and powerlines are located. The size of farm equipment has significantly increased since the 1950s, but the height of power lines has remained the same. When equipment contacts overhead power lines, farmers risk serious injury or death, extensive power outages, and costly utility repairs.

Check the height of your equipment. Know the height of equipment to ensure you can cross safely under power lines and be aware newer equipment can be higher. Update your GPS so it will reflect any changes. If the equipment is higher than 4.1 meters (13.5 feet) you must contact Battle River Power Coop before the move begins and request assistance.

Maintain a 10-meter safe zone from power lines. Powerline heights can vary depending on the weather and age of the lines. Keep your distance from power lines by maintaining a 10 meter (approximately 33 feet) safe zone and pay special attention when operating grain augers or air seeders. If you have any doubts or questions about clearance under power lines or safe limits of approach, call us at our toll-free number, 1.877.428.3972. We will be happy to assist you

Plan before you move high equipment. If you are unsure about crossing under a power line, call Battle River Power Coop for assistance. We will work with you to review the route and determine appropriate resource allocation. Please note Battle River Power Coop requires a minimum of 5 working days to facilitate move requests.

Call before you dig. Underground facilities may be closer to the surface than you think. Ensure all your underground lines are located before you start planting trees or installing fences and decks. Verify the timelines necessary to arrange for a professional locator to identify line locations so you can include that in your project timeline. Contact Alberta One-Call to facilitate all underground line locates. Battle River Power Coop members should also call 1.877.428.3972 for locates past the meter.

Stack and store wisely. Stack and store grain and hay bales at least 10 meters away from power lines for easy access to service poles and lines. Piling material (dirt, gravel, etc.) under or around power lines will also reduce clearances.

Remember to follow safety guidelines when working around electrical structures. If you have questions, concerns, or need help with a move, please contact us at 1.877.428.3972.