Being aware of power line locations near your home is vitally important for your and your family’s safety. Even drop-down lines — the lines that bring power to a home — have voltages running through them and can be dangerous.
- Always look up and around for power lines, recognizing too that electricity can jump or transfer even without direct contact, before starting any outdoor project.
- Assume that all power lines are always energized and keep at least 10 feet between a power line and you or any item you are holding.
- Perform a hazard assessment of the work area, noting all power line locations.