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Summer Safety around Overhead Lines

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

With summer here, for many people it is the time of year to paint houses or roofs, trim trees and do general property maintenance.

It is also the time year when boat-owners plan on heading out on the water.

But before you start on those home maintenance jobs or think about launching the boat, please take Powerco’s summer advice: be aware of the hazards involving overhead power lines at work, at home, and at play. A truck, ladder, pipe or boat mast accidentally touching an overhead power line can lead to serious injury or death.

If you are planning some home maintenance over the holidays such as painting or trimming trees, be careful when you are working in the vicinity of power lines where they enter your house. These lines are not safe to touch.

For a safe summer, remember, look up and look out, and call Powerco if you are unsure.

Safety tips for a safe summer:
• If you are using a ladder or handling a tall object near power lines, keep an eye on what is above you. Don’t let anything come in contact with power lines. You should keep yourself, and any objects you are handling, at least four metres away from overhead power lines. Also, watch out for what’s below - make sure you check for the presence of any underground gas, power or water services before you dig.
• Call your electricity retailer before carrying out any work or using a ladder close to lines. For your safety, Powerco can de-energise the lines near your house.
• Always use a licensed electrical worker for all electrical repairs.
• Plant trees well away from power lines and keep branches trimmed if required.
• Before installing a clothesline, TV antenna or other high structure, check for clearance of power lines.
• If you are operating any electrical equipment outdoors, always use a Residual Current Device (RCD) or an isolating transformer.

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