Handle Irrigation Equipment with Care.
Stanton County PPD and Safe Electricity would like to remind anyone in the agricultural industry that moving irrigation pipes can be extremely dangerous around power lines. The watering pipes can be made of aluminum, a great conductor of electricity.
We offer these irrigation safety tips:
• Be extremely careful when assembling or moving long sections of irrigation pipes.
• Always consider your location and the length of the pipe you are holding.
• Make sure the pipe’s long reach will not come near or into contact with power lines.
• If the pipe touches or comes too close to a power line, you could be electrocuted.
• Do not store, handle or assemble irrigation pipes under or near overhead power lines.
• In fact, do not store (or park) anything under power lines.
Installation and Maintenance
Although farmers are usually great at fixing anything and everything, it’s a good idea to have a qualified electrician install and maintain your irrigation’s electricals, which must meet National Electrical Code. Hire one who is experienced and well-versed in irrigation systems.
In general, talk to everyone in your family (including kids and teens) about the dangers of moving pipes. Teach irrigation safety to all staff and seasonal workers. Family members or workers might try to rearrange pipes for coverage or move them to free an animal and not realize how close they are to an overhead power line. In addition, they may try to use an electrical system that is damaged or not properly grounded.