Public Safety Advisory: High Snowbanks Pose Serious Risk near Electrical Equipment

March 28th, 2017

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 province this winter, particularly on the Northern Peninsula and in Labrador, has covered some equipment and created large snowbanks that could potentially reach power lines. Large volumes of snow could bring children, snowmobilers, skiers or hikers, 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 monitoring areas with heavy drifts, as well as adding guide guards and temporary fencing where required. If you notice areas of concern in Hydro service communities, please notify us immediately at 1.888.737.1296.

Below is a photo illustrating the height of snowbanks on the Northern Peninsula:


Media Contact:

Jill Pitcher
Senior Communications Advisor, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
t. 709.737.1219 / c. 709.689.9938 e.