Attaching Signs to Poles Presents Safety Hazards - And It's Illegal

Although seemingly innocent enough, putting signs or other items on utility poles creates serious safety
hazards. Staples, nails, and tacks used to hang signs - as well as the signs themselves - pose dangers to REC's linemen who climb poles when restoring power following storms or while performing routine maintenance to ensure system reliability.

Posters or other objects (birdhouses, balloons, flags, and even basketball goals) can create dangerous obstacles. Also, the nails and tacks left behind from signs can snag utility workers' boots or puncture safety clothing, making linemen vulnerable to slipping or even electrocution.

In addition to being hazardous, tampering with utility poles can be costly. Posting signs or attaching other objects to utility poles is a violation of Virginia state law. REC encourages co-op consumers to contact local zoning officers to inquire about where signage can be posted legally.