Public Safety Advisory – high snow banks near electrical equipment pose serious risk

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro (Hydro) is reminding residents across the province to be cautious around high snowbanks near overhead power lines and electrical equipment.

The large accumulation of snow across the island, particularly on the Avalon Peninsula, has covered some equipment and created large snowbanks that could potentially reach power lines. Large volumes of snow could bring children, snowmobilers, skiers and the general public, within contact range of live wires. These are high voltage lines and are very dangerous.

Residents should be careful around any electrical facilities, like substations, because they become more easily accessible in heavy snow. Snow can also cover fences and electrical equipment, such as guide wires, posing a serious risk.

Hydro crews are actively working through snow removal where possible. If you notice areas of concern in Hydro service communities, please notify us immediately at 1.888.737.1296.