Hunting Safety Tips

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.”

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