Armstrong incident prompts power safety warning

On March 31, an individual entered the Armstrong substation yard and received an electrical shock.

Local residents are being warned about electrical substations after a recent incident.

On March 31, an individual entered the Armstrong substation yard, climbed equipment and received an electrical shock. He was taken to hospital with injuries.

“B.C. Hydro is reminding the public that electrical equipment can be dangerous and every year, people are injured and killed by electricity,” said Jen Walker-Larsen, a stakeholder engagement advisor.

The Crown corporation asks the public to follow these tips:

Respect B.C. Hydro’s fences and follow signage.

Do not climb on electrical equipment or power poles.

Choose trees the right size when planting near power lines and stay safe when pruning or trimming.

Avoid fallen lines, if you see a downed power line keep yourself and others back at least 10 metres (the length of a standard city bus) and call for help.

To learn more about safety, visit bchydro.com.