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Staying safe around construction areas

We are committed to maintaining a safe working environment in your community. For your safety and the safety of our crews, remember these tips:

  • Watch for construction crews and equipment.
  • Do not enter construction areas.
  • Obey signage and directions from crews.
  • Reduce speeds while traveling.
  • Observe parking restrictions.
  • Remain flexible as work progresses and work areas change.

Safety overview

Public safety is at the foundation of all we do. The safety of the public influences every decision we make. We take a proactive approach to public safety by implementing safety measures before, during and after construction.

Please do not enter work zones for your and the crew’s safety. If you have questions or concerns, please reference the project contact information below, and we will respond within one business day.

Please follow all traffic and pedestrian detours.

The project has been designed to meet federal and state standards and safety requirements for installing, maintaining and operating electric infrastructure.

Electric safety

Do not touch downed electric lines or anyone or anything in contact with them. Instead, clear the area immediately and contact Xcel Energy’s emergency number: 800-895-1999. Call 911 in an emergency.

Downed or low-hanging power lines and damaged electrical equipment have the potential to cause serious injuries or even death. Always assume that electric lines and equipment are energized, even if they do not appear to be “live.” We recommended you stay at least 25 feet away from downed lines and 10 feet away from overhead lines.

Before working outside, first look up and all around to see if there are any overhead power lines above the work area. Keep yourself, your tools and your equipment at least 10 feet away from overhead lines at all times. This includes transporting ladders or other equipment. Be sure to carry all tools horizontally, especially ladders to ensure proper balance and avoid accidental contact. The only safe contact is no contact.

Call before you dig

A common cause of utility line strikes results from improper or unauthorized digging near underground utilities. Prior to digging, call 811 or visit to have buried utility lines located and marked. This helps prevent dangerous conditions that result from damaging a buried line.