Avoid Fines — Don’t Post Signs on Utility Poles

Posting signs on a utility pole may seem harmless, but it actually presents a significant safety hazard to our lineworkers and other utility employees who may be working on or near the poles. Oftentimes, people use nails and other sharp objects to hang signs, which is a summary offense in Pennsylvania and often further prohibited at the municipality level because of the harm it can cause.

Nails, staples and other sharp tacks can injure our lineworkers and other utility workers who may be climbing or working near utility poles. They can also tear our lineworkers’ rubber equipment, which helps protect them from electrical shock.

Read Section 6905 of the Pennsylvania Crimes Code regarding the offense of driving nails, tacks and other hard substances into utility poles. This action could lead to fines, so it’s important to protect yourself as well as others.

We value the safety of our employees and customers above all else, so be sure not to hang signs of any type to utility poles without prior approval.

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About Duquesne Light Company

For more than 100 years, Duquesne Light Company has provided safe and reliable electric service to communities in southwestern Pennsylvania. Today, our core values of safety, integrity, dependability, equity and community enable us to serve more than 600,000 customers in two counties, including the city of Pittsburgh. We are committed to safely powering our customers’ lives while playing a leading role in our region’s clean energy transition. Our vision is to create a larger-than-light, clean energy future for all by delivering exceptional results today and boldly harnessing opportunities for tomorrow. In doing so, we can ensure a cleaner, healthier and more equitable community for generations to come.


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