​​​Electric Safety

CenterPoint Energy’s top priority is safely delivering power, and you play an important role! Keep yourself and your family safe by following these important electric safety tips – you might save a life!

Downed Power Lines: Stay Away!

Always assume downed lines/wires are live and potentially dangerous if contacted:  

  1. ​Do not go near downed lines or fallen wires.
  2. Keep your distance from objects touching downed lines (tree limbs, vehicles, fences, etc.).
  3. If someone already made contact with a power line, do not try to rescue them. You can’t help if you become a victim.
  4. Report downed power lines to 713-207-2222 or 800-332-7143.

In a Vehicle Near Downed Power Lines?

  1. ​Wait inside your vehicle for help.
  2. Call 911 if you have a cellphone.
  3. ​Warn others outside the vehicle to stay away.

If you must exit the vehicle:

  1. ​Never touch the ground and the vehicle at the same time!
  2. Keeping your hands held close to chest and elbows tucked in, jump as far from the vehicle as you can without stumbling. 
  3. Land with your feet together, touching the ground at the same time.
  4. After landing, slowly shuffle away from the vehicle with small steps.

Trees/Vegetation & Power Lines

Trees and plants too close to power lines will be trimmed or cut down. Learn how trees and vegetation​ affect electric safety:

Look Up! Be Aware of Overhead Lines

Contact with overhead electrical lines can cause serious injuries or fatalities. These typically occur when someone is holding an object that makes contact with a power line.

Before starting an outdoor project, remember to do the following

  1. ​Look up and become aware of overhead lines.
  2. Carry long objects horizontally, whenever possible.
  3. If a project cannot be performed safely with a live power line, contact us in advance to discuss options for making the work site safe, which may include temporary de-energization. 

Stay Away from Damaged Equipment

If you see damaged electrical equipment like pad-mount transformers (usually a green box in your yard), power lines or guy wires, stay away and report the damage by calling 713-207-2222 or 800-332-7143.

  • ​Guy wires keep utility poles standing; report frayed or damaged guy wires.
  • Don’t inspect equipment that appears to be vandalized. Stay away and contact us.

No Playing Near Electrical Equipment

Don’t play on or near electrical equipment:

  • ​Never climb trees close to power lines.
  • Never climb or hang on guy wires, utility poles or transmission towers.
  • Never enter electrical substations, even if a ball or toy goes over the substation fence.

Keep Toys Far from Power Lines

  • ​Kites can conduct electricity from power lines, electrical wires or lightning.
  • Never place trampolines or swimming pools near overhead electrical lines.
  • Drones, balls and other airborne toys can damage or short-circuit electrical lines.