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Overhead Line Clearance

For your safety and the safety of others, BGE urges you to stay away from overhead power lines.  By law, if you or your equipment is working within 10-feet of those lines, you are required to contact BGE at 1-800-685-0123 prior to the start of any work and a BGE representative will be assigned to assist you. Remember, no work can start until all safety measures are complete and BGE approval has been obtained.
The Maryland High Voltage Line Act (HVLA) is in place to help prevent injuries.  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 HVLA is subject to a fine, imprisonment, or both.
10-Foot Safety Zone Tips:
  • Encourage children to play away from overhead lines. Avoid flying kites, model airplanes or other toys near lines.
  • If a toy gets caught in a power line, do not try to remove it - call 1-800-685-0123 
  • Do not place swimming or wading pools under or near power lines
  • Do not climb utility poles or towers
  • Never attempt to trim or climb trees that are near overhead power lines – click here for more information on tree trimming
  • Do not build playhouses, tree forts or platforms in trees near power lines
  • Avoid overhead power lines when placing or moving ladders and always carry ladders horizontally, not vertically. Remember, even wooden ladders can conduct electricity.

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