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Working Near Power Lines

Working outside in your yard and around your property is one of the joys of owning a home. Following are some tips to make sure your outdoor work is safe from the risk of an electrical accident.

  • If you're carrying a ladder, two-by-four or operating equipment that could come in contact with power lines, ensure you're putting enough distance between the equipment and the line. At least 3.6 meters (12 feet).
  • Maintain a safe distance if you are pruning or cutting trees. Ensure the branch or tree can't touch or fall on a line.
  • Install antennas well away from power lines.
  • If a tree falls onto a line, stay 10 metres (33 feet) away from the tree. Stay well away from other equipment that comes in contact with a line.
  • If you find a downed line in contact with the ground or a piece of equipment, maintain a minimum clearance of 10 meters (33 feet) from the equipment, tree or downed line.

Remember, the minimum safe distance from overhead lines varies because different types of lines carry different amounts of electricity.

To keep safe, maintain these minimum safe distances

  • up to 750 volts - 0.9 meters (3feet)
  • 751 to 100,000 volts - 3.6 meters (12 feet)
  • 100,001 to 250,000 volts - 5.2 meters (17 feet)
  • 250,001 to 345,000 volts - 6.1 meters (20 feet)

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To be safe, call NB Power at 1 800 663-6272 before cutting or trimming trees along a transmission or distribution rights-of-way.