PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY: Public travelling in the area of Birchy Narrows advised to exercise caution

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro (Hydro) is advising public travelling in the area of Birchy Narrows area to use caution when travelling through the area as Hydro crews are mobilizing in the coming days to conduct repairs to a communication line on some towers in the area. This communication line is used to monitor the power line. It does not pose any risk to public safety and there is no impact to power supply or Hydro operations.

Residents can expect to see increased traffic due to heavy equipment, snow clearing equipment, cranes and contractors in the area.
Hydro is therefore advising snowmobilers and other members of the public to avoid the area in the coming weeks due to safety hazards.

Hydro reminds everyone to use caution and safe practices near all power lines and electrical facilities when enjoying outdoor activities this winter. While transmission line right-of ways may appear to be an ideal trail for outdoor activities and recreational vehicles, it’s best to avoid them given the hazards, such as guy wires, that can often be difficult to spot.

Be safe near transmission lines:

  • Make yourself visible
  • Avoid rights-of-way
  • Have 360 degree awareness – Look up, down, left and right to identify potential hazards
  • Be aware of your surroundings and nearby transmission infrastructure
  • Watch for overhead ice and snow that may fall from lines and towers
  • Respect safety signage and restricted areas
  • Be aware of uneven terrain

If you encounter a downed line, stay back 15 metres (49 feet), and call us immediately at 1-888-737-1296.