On the farm safety

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Before moving farm equipment near power lines, call 1-855-277-1670.

Today’s farm equipment is bigger than ever, and that can lead to big problems when you’re working around power lines. Follow these safety tips to keep you, your family and your people safe. 

  1. Check the height of your new equipment. If you’re buying it new, confirm the height, update your GPS with any changes and consider your route to ensure you can cross safely under power lines. Exercise caution if equipment is higher than 4.1 metres.
  2. Stay 7 metres away from power lines. Keep this in mind when operating equipment like grain augers and air seeders, or when lifting truck boxes or back hoes.
  3. Stack and store wisely. Whether it’s a grain bin or bale storage, stack and store it at least 7 metres away from power lines.
  4. Plan before moving tall equipment. Map your route and locate any overhead power lines. If you don’t know whether it’s safe to cross under or work near a power line, call ATCO for help: 1-855-277-1670.
  5. Click before you dig. Before digging or driving posts into the ground, talk to Utility Safety Partners to request an underground locate. Utilities are closer to the surface of the ground than you think.
  6. Assume downed power lines are energized. Stay at least 10 metres away and warn others of the danger. Call 911 or ATCO Electric's 24-hour emergency line: 1-800-668-5506.



Farm equipment has doubled in height since 1950. Power lines haven’t. Plan ahead and call us before moving equipment near power lines. We will:

  • Measure power lines in your yard or field
  • Help plan the safest route
  • Lift the power lines, if needed


If you contact a power line


Watch this short video about what to do if you contact a power line.

Break the contact if you can. Drive at least 10 metres away.

Stay put and keep others 10 metres back.

Call 911 for help.

If you must exit your equipment or vehicle, JUMP. Then shuffle or hop with your feet together. Don’t step!

Don’t touch the machine and the ground at the same time.

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