Electricity and you

Hydro-Québec is responsible for ensuring its power system is safe, but you also have a part to play in minimizing the number of outages and keeping yourself and others safe.

How to prevent electrical accidents and follow safety rules

Vegetation near power lines

Tree planting and pruning. Choosing a tree that won’t pose a risk to the power system. Notifying Hydro-Québec if a tree or vine comes too close to the power system.

Ensuring your safety during outdoor work or activities

Planning construction at heights, digging, and pool and spa installations. Maintaining safe distances and respecting servitudes.

Kites, sailing and water guns: watching out for power lines.

Safety near hydropower facilities

Respecting warning signs near generating facilities.

Keeping your distance: the risk of drowning is real.

Servitudes and property rights

Respect easements, dos and don’ts, requests regarding work...

Power outage information (Info-pannes)

Preparing for power outages. Understanding and preventing outages. Reporting an outage.

Electric shock

What is a shock and what determines how serious it is? What should you do if you receive a shock?

Understanding electricity

What is electricity?

What is electricity? How is it generated, transmitted and brought into your home? Learn all about Québec’s power system.

Free guided tours of Hydro-Québec facilities

In the mood for an energizing outing? Discover the fascinating world of electricity and let our huge generating structures impress you.

See also

Resources for teachers

Games, tools and materials for teaching students at every level: safety, sustainable development and other aspects of electricity.

History of electricity in Québec

The history of electricity in Québec is revealed in buildings, objects, records and know-how—all assets that the Patrimoine d’Hydro-Québec team strives to preserve for the future. Follow the timeline of events to learn about these treasures and the important figures who marked our history.