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Public Safety Advisory: Use caution in White Hills/Clarenville, Gambo and Birchy Narrows areas due to ice build-up on power lines

February 10th, 2024

Hydro is advising snowmobilers and the public that there is heavy ice buildup on transmission lines in the areas of White Hills/Clarenville, Gambo and Birchy Narrows. Please use caution or avoid these areas if possible. Heavy ice can fall from overhead lines and also brings lines lower to the ground than usual – posing a safety risk to anyone below.

Remember to use caution and be safe near all power lines and electrical facilities whenever you are enjoying outdoor activities. While transmission line rights-of way 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:

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

Graphic of an individual riding a snowmobile in front of power lines. Winter power line safety. Skiers and Snowmobilers. Watch out for guy wires and poles hidden by high snow banks. Look out for sagging power lines caused by fallen trees and branches, or ice build up on lines. Avoid high snowbanks and or drafts that are dangerously close to overhead power lines or make electrical facilities, like substations, more accessible.



Media Contact:

Jill Pitcher
Senior Communications Advisor, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
t. 709.737.1219 / c. 709.689.9938 e. JillPitcher@nlh.nl.ca