Hunting season brings outdoorspeople of all skill levels and experience into rural Kentucky, often to unfamiliar areas. While most hunters follow safe hunting practices, Kentucky's electric cooperatives remind all those afield to be mindful of their surroundings and to be aware of electric power lines and equipment in the air and electrical equipment on the ground.
Skilled hunters understand the potential hazards of discharging a firearm and would never shoot blindly toward electrical infrastructure, but there have been instances over the years of accidental damage and intentional vandalism to some power poles and hardware. Electrical equipment damaged by gunshot is costly to the utility and to members relying on that power. The damage can even spark a fire.
Owen Electric encourages all hunters and gun owners to be aware of electrical equipment in their surroundings while enjoying the great outdoors. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
-Never shoot near or toward overhead power lines, power poles or substations. A stray bullet can cause damage to equipment. Sometimes the damage, such as to an insulator, isn't noticed until it rains, then it can cause an outage or fire.
-Familiarize yourself with the location of power lines and equipment on the land where you are hunting. Landowners are encouraged to remind those hunting on their property to be aware of power lines and other electrical equipment.
-Damage to the conductor can happen, possibly dropping a line from its perch. It it's dry and the electricity goes to the ground, there is the possibility of electrocution and fire.
-Be especially careful in wooded areas where power lines may not be as visible.
-Take notice of warning signs and keep clear of electrical equipment.
-Do not use utility poles or towers to support equipment used in your hunting activity or for supporting deer stands. Energized lines and equipment on the poles can conduct electricity to anyone who comes in contact with t hem, causing shock or electrocution.
We want everyone to enjoy outdoor activities and all rural Kentucky has to offer, but electrical equipment can be found even in remote areas and it is sometimes hard to see. Owen Electric reminds you to be aware of what is around you.