Keep line workers safe: Don't attach anything to utility poles
Political signs, yard sale signs, flags, basketball goals and other attachments to utility poles can be dangerous — even life threatening — to the line workers who maintain our vital lines of electricity, communication and other services.
Under Arkansas law, posting a sign to a utility pole is unlawful and subject to a fine for each day the violation continues.
The clamped safety boots used by line workers to climb poles are vulnerable to becoming snagged on staples and nails embedded in poles. Foreign objects also can tear utility workers’ protective clothing, which is the first line of protection from an electric shock. They also can injure workers despite the safety gear they wear to avoid contact with rough surfaces.
Posting items to poles can be a public safety hazard as well. The materials posted on the poles not only distract people as they drive, but they also degrade the quality, effectiveness and stability of the wood.
It is also just as important to avoid tampering with or disrupting the guy wires that surround poles. Please educate children not to play or swing on them, and maintain your distance when performing yard work. If you see that utility poles or guy wires are tampered with, please call AVECC at 479-667-2176 immediately.