Overhead Power Systems

The most important things you can do to protect yourself are:

  • Verify the height of your load before you begin to move/work. If you are moving an over height load on public roads, you will need to investigate our high load requirements.
  • Note the location of overhead lines, even if you will just be moving equipment around the farm. Line heights can vary depending on the weather and age of the lines. Keep your distance from power lines by maintaining the 7 meter safe zone.
  • Know that vegetation near power lines may also be a hazard.
  • Piling of material (bales, dirt, gravel etc) should not be located under power lines, which will reduce the clearances.

DO NOT attempt to measure the existing power lines

Please contact the Blue Mountain Power Co-op if you have any questions.

Underground Power Systems

Call Before You Dig!



Digging Safety

  1. Whether you are planning to plant a new tree, put in fencing, or add a deck, have all underground lines located before you start. Contact the locator at least two business days before digging.
  2. Take the time to determine the location of all underground electrical lines. Excavating near power poles can be dangerous. Although buried electrical lines are insulated, contact with a sharp shovel or equipment could easily damage the protective covering and expose you to harmful electrical current. The number and depth of cables will vary. Use extreme caution.
  3. Do not disturb the soil near the base of a pole.
  4. Maintain limits of approach and contact either Blue Mountain Power Co-op at (403) 845-4600 or Alberta One-Call at (800) 242-3447 to help you locate underground lines prior to any digging activity.
  5. Once the site has been marked, you have up to 14 days to begin digging otherwise you will need to have the area remarked.
  6. Electrical utilities require that you use non-destructive excavating techniques within 1 meter of the locate marks for underground cables. Expose by hand or use hydro vac equipment. Do not dig with a machine.
  7. Then use proper back filling techniques to avoid earth settlement.