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Keep Flagpole far from Power Lines
Safe Electricity Urges Caution and Awareness
Independence Day, Memorial Day, and Veteran’s Day are all popular times to fly the American flag. Safe Electricity urges you to keep electrical safety in mind if you plan on flying a flag.
Never raise a flag near power lines. Even if you feel confident that you will not hit power lines, a gust of wind or unsteady footing could quickly change your plans. You be at least 10 feet from power lines at all times.
It is a common misconception that electric lines may be insulated; that is rarely the case. Wires may have a coating to retard weathering, but the coating does not provide a insulation If you come in contact with a power line, or are holding something that touches a power line, there is nothing stopping the electricity from running through you as it tries to reach the ground. The high voltage power lines carry can seriously injure or kill.
If overhead lines create a hazard on your property, call your utility company to discuss options for moving the lines or underground installation of the wires. If power lines around your home are aging, contact your utility to repair them. Never try to move a power line yourself.