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Electricity outdoors

Take special care around electricity outdoors.  Whether you are working or playing near it, or using electrical equipment, be aware of the dangers.

Before you do any work near power lines or underground cables, arrange with your local electricity retailer to identify any problems or disconnect the supply.  This work might be painting your house, trimming trees, cleaning guttering, replacing spouting or roofing, repairing chimneys or excavating a property.

Never touch overhead power lines, underground cables, or the bare conductors that connect them to the house, as this could be fatal.


Outdoor safety tips

  • Never build or store material under power wires, and so reduce the clearance height.  Remember that children are fond of climbing, and wires look tempting.
  • Keep in mind the clearance requirements when undertaking house extensions and renovations, such as installing new windows or building a deck
  • Watch that ladder!  When carrying an aluminium ladder, long lengths of pipe, or any metal object, keep them as horizontal as possible. Take particular care when passing under overhead wires.
  • Before starting work on a roof, make sure no aerial lines pass overhead.  If they do, arrange with the local electricity retailer to have them protected, or isolated before starting work.
  • Flying kites near power lines is extremely dangerous to the kite flyer and can disrupt power to other consumers.
  • Teach your children never to climb up power pylons, on any roof, or near wires, whether to retrieve a lost ball, a model aircraft or anything else.


Electricity is a very powerful servant - for everyone's sake, follow the safety rules.


Overhead power lines and underground cables

It is the home owner's responsibility to ensure that, within the boundary of their property, power lines and cables are maintained in a safe condition.

Read more about Overhead power lines and underground cables

Maintaining clearances around power lines

Power lines bring electricity safely to our homes, properties and businesses, but require our responsibility and care around them.

Read more about Maintaining clearances around power lines

Check before you dig

People need to be aware that a lot of utility services are placed underground, for example gas pipes, electricity and telephone cables.

Read more about Check before you dig

Using electrical tools and equipment outside

If you use any electrical equipment outdoors, follow these safety precautions.

Read more about Using electrical tools and equipment outside

Safety checks when painting and maintaining your home

Great care is needed to avoid touching power lines when painting or maintaining your house.

Read more about Safety checks when painting and maintaining your home

Electricity around the farm

Special care is needed around the farm when electricity is used. Electric fences, tall equipment, power lines and buried cables all pose hazards.

Read more about Electricity around the farm

Last updated 28 May 2012
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