Overhead Power Line Safety
Staying clear of high-voltage, overhead power lines 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 come in contact with overhead power lines.
- Federal and state laws require you to stay a safe distance of 10 feet or more away from overhead lines.
- Use spotters when operating lift trucks and power or farm equipment to observe and communicate with operators so overhead lines aren't contacted.
- Avoid storing materials under or near overhead power lines.
- Look up! Always examine your surroundings for power line locations before doing any outside work.
- Keep yourself and your equipment at least 10 feet away from overhead lines at all times.
- If you notice an existing tree interfering with power lines, never attempt to 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, and then carry it horizontally – never upright.
- Fly kites only in open areas away from power poles, overhead power lines, substations and other obstacles.
- Work only in good weather. Thunderstorms, rain, winds and damp or icy ground can cause you to lose control and come into contact with 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 downed 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.