OTEC urges hunters to think safety around utility equipment

By on Friday, October 15th, 2021 in Eastern/Southeast Oregon News More Top Stories

BAKER CITY – (Release from OTEC) Hunters across Eastern Oregon have their sights on wild game in the woods this hunting season. When preparing to head out, devoting a few moments to safety can help prevent an accident with utility equipment.  Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative urges hunters to take precautions and be aware of potential electrical hazards while hunting.

  • Before leaving for a hunting trip, make sure that you have safety items to signal for help in case of an emergency. Always carry emergency supplies in the event of an accident.  A cell phone, whistle, and flashlight are recommended items to carry with you throughout a hunting trip.
  • Note the location of power lines and other electrical equipment before you begin a hunt.  Be especially careful and observant in wooded areas where power lines are easy to overlook.
  • Obey all signs or postings that advise electrical safety, especially if you are using a tree stand. Make sure you read the manufacturer’s instructions and inspect the stand for wear before use. 
  • When setting up and taking down the stand, make sure you do not contact any overhead electrical equipment.Stay at least 10 feet away from any power lines and equipment. While going up to the stand, keep at least three points of contact while you climb.
  • Never use power poles to support a tree stand.  Look for an ideal tree for your stand, one that is sturdy and alive.  
  • Never shoot nearby power lines or other electrical equipment.  A single shot can potentially cause damage to the electrical system, cause power interruptions, personal injury, and wildfires.
  • If you are using a portable electrical generator on your hunting trip, make sure that you run it in an outdoor or well-ventilated area, and not in a confined area where carbon monoxide fumes can be deadly.  Do not use it inside a cabin or RV. 

OTEC wishes all our member-owners who hunt a safe and successful season. Find more safety tips at otec.coop/safety-first.

About the cooperative

Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative (OTEC) is a not-for-profit, member-owned electric cooperative that serves nearly 60,000 residents in four counties in Eastern Oregon. Headquartered in Baker City, OTEC has district offices in Burns, John Day, and La Grande.