Safe Distance and Power Lines

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A downed line is a danger, stay back and dial 911

Always assume that downed or damaged power lines are live, even if they're not sparking or making any sound.

If you come across a downed or damaged line, follow these steps:

  1. Stay back at least 10 metres (33 feet). That's about the length of a city bus.
  2. Dial 911 and let them know that a power line has fallen or is damaged.
  3. Keep others in the vicinity at least a bus-length away.

If you're working close to power lines at your home:

Some jobs around your home may take you close to power lines, such as trimming trees, working on your roof, or doing exterior renovations.

Electricity can "arc" or jump from power lines across a gap, to tools or ladders that you're using. Always maintain a safe distance from power lines: stay back at least three metres (10 feet) from any power lines near your home. That's about the length of a standard four-door car.

Are you a trades worker working close to power lines? Find out how to work safely near power lines.