Overhead Power Line Safety

Staying clear of high-voltage, overhead power lines (lines that are aboveground) is vital to your safety and the safety of others on the job and at home.

On the Job

  • Always look up before moving irrigation pipe or ladders and operating a crane or other equipment that may touch power lines.
  • Federal and state laws require you to stay a safe distance of 10 feet or more away from power lines.
  • Use spotters when operating lift trucks and power or farm equipment to observe and communicate with operators so power lines aren’t contacted.
  • Avoid storing materials under or near power lines.

At Home

  • Look up! Always examine your surroundings for power line locations before doing any outside work.
  • Always keep yourself and your equipment at least 10 feet away from power lines.
  • If you notice a tree interfering with power lines, do not trim the tree yourself. Call Idaho Power at 208-388-2323 or 1-800-488-6151 outside the Treasure Valley.
  • Pick a safe route to carry a ladder to your work area, then carry it horizontally — never upright.
  • Fly kites only in open areas away from power poles, power lines, substations and other obstacles.
  • Work only in good weather. Thunderstorms, rain, wind and damp or icy ground can cause you to lose control and touch power lines.
  • Many overhead lines are not fully insulated to prevent injury to people, so assume all power lines are energized and dangerous.
  • If you encounter a fallen power line, stay as far away from it as you can — at least 100 yards. Contact Idaho Power immediately at 208-388-2323 or 1-800-488-6151 outside the Treasure Valley, or call 911.

Related Information

Stray-Voltage Information

Electromagnetic Field (EMF) Information

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