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Steer Clear of Lines When Building

Once high-voltage lines are cleared of trees and brush, the area beneath them becomes a tempting spot in which to build garages, outbuildings, additions, and other structures. Unfortunately, such construction often violates electrical codes and can create a variety of other problems. Line crews must be able to drive along cleared lines to access lines for repair or maintenance, which is not possible if structures block the route.
In addition, building under power lines is hazardous for those involved in the construction and use of those buildings. It’s all too easy to come into life-threatening contact with those lines while clearing roofs of snow, installing antennas, or doing other work nearby.
No structures (or trees) should be placed within 15 feet of a single-phase line and within 20 feet of a three-phase line. If you have any questions about whether your project will conflict with electric lines, contact your electric cooperative before you begin construction.

 

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