Power Line Safety Tips

  • Keep away from all downed power lines.
    • A power line that touches the ground can shock or kill you even if you do not touch it.
    • The electrical current can travel through the ground and into your body.
  • Keep all objects far away from power lines at all times, including:
    • masts.
    • poles.
    • ladders.
    • tools.
    • toys.
  • If taking down or moving an antenna, be aware of new lines that have been put up since the antenna was installed.
  • Never assume that an overhead power line is electrically insulated.
    • Always assume that contact with any line can be lethal.
  • Never place a ladder anywhere near an electrical power line.
  • Position non-metal ladders (such as fiberglass) at a height and location that prevents the possibility of you or it contacting a power line.
  • Keep the distance from an antenna or pole to the power line at least 1½ times the height of the antenna or pole.
  • Properly ground all masts in accordance with electrical codes.
  • Be aware that you can be electrocuted by touching a power line directly or by touching a conductive material (such as a metal ladder, antenna, pipe, kite) and, at the same time, the earth or any grounded item (such as metal siding or a downspout).

Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

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