With seeding beginning for many farmers, they're looking to get their product into the ground while racing machinery across their fields.

Fatigue can be a problem during those long days, with that leading to farmers making mistakes. In the case of power lines, those can be deadly.

That's why SaskPower is bringing their Look Up and Live program back, to remind farmers to be aware of power lines and their height.

SaskPower Spokesperson Scott McGregor explains what to do should some machinery contact a line.

"Whenever operating large machinery around power lines, there's always the chance that a line contact may occur. If that should happen, what most people should do is stay in their vehicle. If it starts a fire, then by all means you should probably exit the vehicle safely. But if at all possible, if it's safe to do so, stay in your vehicle and give our centre a call at 310-2220, if it's an emergency call 911."


In order to exit a vehicle near a downed power line safely, McGregor tells people to jump away from the vehicle and the power line as far as they can with their arms folded on their chest with both feet together, then hop away from the vehicle at least 10 meters.

SaskPower routinely sees an increase in line contacts involving farm equipment in the spring and in the fall, with 248 reported last year.

One of the best ways to get that number down is to make a plan to prevent those contacts.

"If possible, take as many breaks as you can and make sure you're well rested and alert," said McGregor, "and in the best shape you possibly can be to operate around those power lines."

SaskPower also has a map available on their website that details all of the power lines in Saskatchewan, to help that planning process.


You can find that and other resources on their Look Up and Live page.