For your safety and the safety of others, BGE urges you to stay away from overhead power lines. If overhead lines are present and you or your equipment will be working within 10-feet of those lines, the law requires that you MUST contact BGE at 800.685.0123 prior to the start of any work. BGE will evaluate the site and determine the best course of action. Remember, no work can be started until all necessary safety measures are complete.
The Maryland High Voltage Line Act (HVLA)
is in place to help prevent unnecessary injuries and to help save lives. Whether you are doing the job yourself or using a contractor, the HVLA still applies and it must be followed. Be advised that any person who violates any part of the Act is subject to a fine, imprisonment, or both. Here are some additional tips to help keep you and your family safe:
10-Foot Safety Zone Tips:
- Encourage children to play in open fields - not near overhead lines
- Avoid flying kites, metallic balloons, model airplanes or other toys near power lines
- If a toy gets caught in a power line, do not try to remove it - call 800.685.0123
- Don't place swimming or wading pools under power lines
- Don't ever climb utility poles or towers
- Don't build playhouses, tree forts or platforms in trees with power lines in or near them
- Never climb trees that are close to power lines.
- Don't plant any trees directly under power lines (this can be an attraction for children to climb)
- Don't erect antennas near power lines
- Avoid overhead electrical wires when placing or moving ladders and always carry ladders horizontally, not vertically. Even wooden ladders can conduct electricity.
Electrical wires? Telephone wires? Cable? Don't guess! Always assume all lines are energized and always call BGE before starting any work within 10-feet of overhead lines.