REC Offers Valuable Hunting Safety Tips

Nov. 13, 2015

With fall hunting season in Virginia under way, REC urges hunters to be aware of their surroundings and be extra careful around powerlines.

“Safety is our top priority, and not just for our employees, but for our members” said Maxie Rozell, manager of safety, security and risk management at REC. “We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable time this year throughout hunting season, so we are offering these tips for sportsmen and women to keep in mind.”

  • Shooting at utility facilities — wires, poles and insulators — is dangerous, jeopardizes everyone’s power and is a felony in Virginia.
  • Never attempt to shoot through the wires or at anything that may be on the wires or poles.
  • Gunshot damage to electric equipment can cause an electrical arc or cause wires to fall, with a high risk of serious injury or death.
  • If you notice a downed wire or other unsafe condition along the power lines, stay away, keep others away, and immediately notify REC or your local 911 center.

“It’s to everyone’s benefit that these rules are followed,” added Rozell. “If equipment is damaged as a result of a hunting incident, it could stop functioning and cause a power outage, or even worse, create a hazardous situation.”

REC provides electric service to over 160,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 16,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.