Overhead powerline safety

Getting too close to overhead powerlines can be fatal.

From recreational pursuits like hang gliding, boating or flying a kite to home maintenance or construction work – outdoor activities can all bring people into close proximity to live powerlines.

You don’t even have to touch an overhead powerline for it to be fatal. Electricity can jump from powerlines to metal objects in an instant, and a ladder, mast or even a trampoline within clearances could act as a conductor.

To stay safe around overhead powerlines you should always:

  • Look up to check the location and distance of powerlines before beginning any outdoor activity
  • Keep a safe distance or clearance from overhead powerlines
  • Set-up or build structures like ladders and trampolines well away from powerlines