Shooting guns near power and transmission facilities (including wires, poles and insulators) is dangerous to you and jeopardizes everyone’s power. Here are tips to help keep everyone safe.

1Scope out the land

Familiarize yourself with the location of power lines and equipment on land where you shoot, especially in wooded areas where power lines are not as visible.

2Be aware of damaged conductors

Your shot could damage the conductor, possibly dropping a phase to the ground. If it’s dry and the electricity goes to the ground, there is the possibility of electrocution and wildfire.

3Leave power poles alone

Do not place deer stands on power poles, or use them to support any equipment in your shooting activity. Energized lines and equipment on the poles can conduct electricity to anyone who comes in contact with them, causing shock or electrocution.

4Make sure you have a clear line of sight

If your target is “sky lined” on a hill or power line and you cannot see what lies beyond, do not take the shot.

5Consider perched birds on utility lines off limits

Do not shoot at, or near, birds perching on utility lines. That goes for any firearm, including pistols, rifles or shotguns.