REC Urges Safe Hunting


Oct. 1, 2014

As hunting season in Virginia gets under way, REC urges hunters to take all necessary safety precautions.

"Safety is our top priority, and not just for our employees, but for our members, too," said Matt Faulconer, manager of external affairs for REC. "We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable time this year throughout hunting season, so we are offering up 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 federal crime. A gunshot can make electricity arc to the ground or cause the wire to fall, with a high risk of serious injury or death. Never attempt to shoot through the wires or at anything that may be on the wires or poles.

Please do not toss decoys over power lines. It can cause the power lines to arc, and even worse, the string could act as a conductor and cause shock or electrocution to anyone touching the string line.

"It's to everyone's benefit that these tips are taken into consideration," added Faulconer. "If equipment is damaged as a result of a hunting incident, it could stop functioning and electricity will go off. This becomes an expense for our members, and experience we don't want anyone to go through."

If while in the woods and fields, someone notices an unsafe condition along the power lines, please notify REC immediately and keep others away in that area.

REC provides electric service to nearly 160,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains 17,000 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, YouTube and Instagram.