Safety Outdoors

Prevent contact with powerlines when doing work or activities outside. 

Use tools and equipment carefully

Keep all tools and equipment (and yourself) at least 20 feet away from overhead power lines. In addition:

  • Don’t cut down, trim or climb trees near power lines. Contact our tree-trimming team
  • Always look up when carrying a ladder to ensure you don’t make contact with a power line. Use fiberglass or wooden ladders if available  
  • Keep power tools away from water, including rain, swimming pools, sprinklers and hoses
  • Install waterproof covers and GFCIs (ground fault circuit interrupters) on your outdoor outlets. These sockets provide shock protection in areas exposed to dampness and water
Power tool cutting a tree limb

Keep away from transformer boxes

These green utility boxes provide electricity to homes and buildings.

Always use caution and keep a safe distance 
  • Do not let children play on or near pad-mounted transformers. Never stick anything through cracks into the transformer box.
  • Never dig without calling 1-800-DIG-SAFE in Kansas and 1-800-DIG-RITE in Missouri. Underground power lines can extend in any direction from a transformer. 
  • Never paint or decorate transformers. The metal is assigned a specific color (usually green) so we can easily identify them. Painting could impair the equipment or cover up warning signs.

See a transformer that is unlocked or needs repair? Call us immediately at 888-544-4852 or report online

pad mount transformer

Call before you dig

Call 1-800-DIG-SAFE in Kansas and 1-800-DIG-RITE in Missouri and have this information ready: 

  • Name, address and phone number (for both the company and the excavator) 
  • Date and time the excavation is scheduled to begin 
  • Specific location, type and depth of the excavation 
  • Other utilities that could be affected 

If underground facilities are damaged, dislocated or disturbed before or during excavation, immediately notify Evergy.

Remember to inform all affected utilities at least two working days before you begin. Once lines are marked, you can dig safely.

Person digging a hole in the ground

Field burning safety

It's important to be safe when burning fields where power lines are present. Find Out More