If yardwork includes trees around powerlines, use caution

If yardwork includes trees around powerlines, use caution

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- If you're spending time outside doing yard work this summer, state officials say you need to be careful around those power lines.

The Oregon Department of Forestry says it's always a good idea to survey the area first.

You should contact your local utility if there are power lines in the area where you'll be working. "If you fall a tree into a power line, conceivably, not only is it dangerous, it could be costly," said Todd Munsey from the Douglas Electric Cooperative. "If you cause the power to go out, it damages the neighbor's equipment and it causes an outage, then it could get costly for the consumer."

The Oregon Department of Forestry says to maintain required clearances between equipment and power lines.

If equipment comes into contact with the lines, they say to stay on the equipment until help arrives and keep others away from the area.