Most power lines are energized and dangerous. To keep everyone safe, power lines are buried underground or placed high in the air. That’s why Idaho Power says it’s important to always look up for nearby power lines whenever performing work outside, such as trimming trees or operating a bucket truck.
Workers, especially, should note any nearby electrical equipment before performing work. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and Idaho’s Overhead Line Safety Act, requires contractors, workers and their tools to stay at least 10 feet away from overhead power lines of 50,000 volts or less while working. If a line’s voltage is higher, you must keep a wider distance, up to 45 feet.
Idaho Power is here to help. If you aren’t sure the voltage of nearby lines, you can call Idaho Power for assistance at 208-388-2200. They can also help put proper safety precautions in place, such as de-energizing lines or installing markers or barriers if equipment must be operated at closer distances.
The main takeaway — stay back, and call Idaho Power first to avoid putting yourself and others in danger.