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Staying safe

Whatever you get up to, Electra
is urging you to stay safe around
its power lines

When working outside, check how close you are to the power lines.

Power lines can be dangerous so when you are busy working on the outside of your property, you need to be aware the overhead power lines. Be careful using ladders, or long tools like branch loppers. Power lines are never safe to touch or even get close to.

If you are unsure about what you can and can’t do, call us at 0800 LOSTPOWER (0800 567 876).

Keep safe around power lines and electricity at home:

  • Call your electricity retailer before using a ladder close to lines to arrange a disconnection Electra can turn the power off to the lines near your house making it safer to do work near them.
  • If you are using a ladder near power lines, keep yourself, the ladder and anything you are handling at least four metres away from overhead power lines.
  • If you must dig, check for underground gas, power or water services. Contact beforeUdig (
  • Use a licensed electrical worker for all electrical repairs.
  • Make sure everyone in your house knows where your home’s earth peg is located.
  • Plant trees well away from power lines and choose low growing vegetation. Get branches trimmed if required (they must be more than four metres away from power lines).
  • Before installing a clothesline, TV antenna or anything up high, check the clearance from power lines.
  • When using electrical equipment outdoors, always use a Residual Current Device (RCD).