Underground Electric Lines
Hazards you don’t see, like underground electric lines, are easy to ignore or forget. Yet the danger is just as great. Digging, drilling or blasting can damage these underground lines and cause electrocution or fire.
To avoid accident, simply call Gopher State One-Call at 1-507-252-1166, or 811. They’ll send someone to your site to show you exactly where our lines are buried. Best of all, this service is free.
Fallen Electric Lines
Fallen electric lines are extremely dangerous.
Report any downed lines to Willmar Municipal Utilities immediately by calling 320-235-4422. Never touch a downed line or anyone in contact with the line. Always assume a downed line is live.
Beware of a downed electric line touching a vehicle. Stay clear of the vehicle and the electric line. If an electric line touches your vehicle while you are inside, remain calm and follow these directions:
- If you can do so safely, stay inside the vehicle until emergency help arrives.
- Warn others to stay away from the vehicle and direct them to call Willmar Municipal Utilities.
- If you must get out of the vehicle for safety reasons, jump clear. Do not touch the vehicle and the ground at the same time.
Kite and Balloon Safety
Don’t fly kites or metallic or mylar balloons near electric lines. They can cause power outages and can injure you and others including Willmar Municipal Utilities employees working on equipment. Follow the guidelines below to make kite and balloon flying safe for you and your family:
- Never fly kites near electric lines. If your kite gets caught in an electric line, call Willmar Municipal Utilities immediately at 320-235-4422 to report the problem. NEVER try to remove anything caught in electric lines.
- Never fly kites near TV and radio antennas.
- Never cross a street or road while flying a kite.
- Never fly kites in the rain or during an electric storm.
- Make sure that kite string, wood, paper or other kite materials are completely dry.
- Never use a kite made with wire or metallic materials, including mylar.