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FirstEnergy urges individuals to avoid hanging political signs, flags, advertisements on utility poles

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Posted at 3:54 PM, Oct 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-09 15:54:42-04

AKRON, Ohio — If you were considering putting a political sign or flag on a nearby utility pole, think again.

FirstEnergy said that keeping utility poles and electrical equipment free of signs and materials helps keep the community powered and local utility workers safe.

The electric company has seen a spike in the number of political signs being posted on utility poles. Although seemingly innocent, the nails, staples or other fasteners used to hang the signs present safety hazards to workers who have to climb the poles to repair or maintain the equipment.

Fasteners in the pole can lead to line workers snagging or piercing holes in their protective equipment, such as the insulated rubber gloves that provide safety from electrocution when working with high-voltage equipment, FirstEnergy said.

Hanging things from utility poles also presents dangers to the community, putting individuals at risk of making accidental contact with energized power lines, according to FirstEnergy.

Those who are attempting to post political signage or other advertising are encouraged to check with their local municipality on regulations, but no matter what, FirstEnergy says to refrain from posting them on utility poles.