Always stay a minimum of 10 feet away from power lines.
You’ve had an eye on the perfect spot for your get-away cabin. The view—well, its breathtaking! But if you try to build your dream home too close to a power line, you may not live long enough to enjoy it.
Whether you’re a contractor or a do-it-yourselfer planning to build a home or structure near power lines, call your electric co-op before the construction begins. The professionals at your co-op can help you stay safe.
A line doesn’t have to be touched to spark danger—electricity can jump, or arc, from a power line to a person or equipment that gets too close. Keep yourself and all equipment at least 10 feet from power lines. That includes the lines that run from the road to your roof.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides these general guidelines:
Source: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association; U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration; and Electrical Safety Foundation Institute
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