Richmond, VA /PRNewswire/ - Since 2014, Dominion Energy has received nearly 100 reports of homeowners, private contractors and individuals accidentally coming into contact with electrical lines at a home or business. Every incident was preventable with proper knowledge about the risk of electric shock.
"Each year, we receive dozens of reports of home improvement contractors accidentally putting a ladder into a power line while they are replacing siding or a homeowner coming into contact with a power line while power washing or painting their home's exterior," said Rob Locke, director of safety & training at Dominion Energy. "What we find in these cases is that these types of accidents are absolutely preventable and we want to ensure that our customers know how to stay safe around electrical equipment."
Contact with an overhead power line can cause serious injury or death, but you can easily prevent accidental contact with one. Watch a video about ladder safety here and remember:
"If you're doing work at your home or business, Dominion Energy offers a free service to temporary relocate the service drop power line that feeds your house," Locke said. "Just call us at 866-DOM-HELP and let us know a few days in advance so that we can send a serviceman out to safely move the wire out of your work space."
Homeowners, contractors, parents, teachers, first responders and customers are encouraged to visit our electrical safety resources page: https://dominionenergy.com/safety/electric-safety.
About Dominion Energy
Dominion Energy (NYSE: D) is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 26,200 megawatts of generation, 15,000 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipeline, and 6,600 miles of electric transmission lines. Dominion operates one of the nation's largest natural gas storage systems with 1 trillion cubic feet of storage capacity and serves more than 6 million utility and retail energy customers. For more information about Dominion, visit the company's website at www.DominionEnergy.com.
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