Safety is a top priority for FPL. Please use proper care when working with or near electrical equipment. Contacting electrical lines and equipment may result in personal injury or death, equipment damage and/or construction delays.
Call Before You Dig
Be advised, electrical lines can be just a foot under the ground. So whether you want to plant a tree or dig a trench, please remember to call before you dig!
Call toll-free "Sunshine State One Call of Florida" at 1-800-432-4770 at least 2 full business days in advance to arrange to have the location of any buried lines marked.
Stay Calm – Stay Away
If the machine you are operating makes contact with electrical lines or equipment:
- Stay where you are unless you are in danger of a fire or being struck by a power line. You will be safe from electrical shock as long as you don’t become a pathway for the current to flow to the ground.
- Move the machinery away from the power lines, if you can.
- If must get off the machinery while it is in contact with a power line, jump as far as you can and land with both feet together. No part of your body should touch the machinery and the ground at the same time. Remember that the ground may carry a higher than normal electrical charge. Hop or shuffle away from the machinery with your feet together to avoid becoming a conductor between two areas of the ground that are charged differently. Once you are clear, do not return to the machinery until a FPL representative tells you it is safe to do so.
- Warn others not to touch you or the machinery.
- Call 911, then FPL at 1-800-4OUTAGE (1-800-468-8243) as quickly as possible.
- Report even minor damage; what looks harmless can cause big trouble.