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When the weather is nice, we want to get outside and play. You can enjoy many recreational activities near power lines but some activities require caution. Be careful when flying kites, hunting or building fires near power lines. Additionally, never climb towers, fences or any other structure near a power line or substation. During a lightning storm, stay away from all tall objects.
No. Here are some rules to follow:
Power lines cross many remote areas so be sure to look for them before aiming or firing a gun. Additionally, shooting at power lines is illegal. Shooting insulators or conductors can break a wire or cause an electrical discharge or arc through the air.
If you see a broken power line, DO NOT touch it. Stay away from it and call your local electric cooperative, 911 or Great River Energy at 1-800-442-3013.
Fires should not be started under a power line for two reasons:
During storms, stay away from ALL tall objects including transmission line towers and trees. They are dangerous because lightning tends to strike the highest point in an area and travels through it to reach the ground.