Care also needs to be taken around power poles, transformers and switchgear.
If you are trimming or removing trees, cleaning gutterings, replacing spouting, painting, repairing roofs or chimneys, be careful when you’re working near overhead power lines or underground cables where they enter your house. These lines are not safe to touch. For example, a tall ladder accidentally touching an overhead power line can lead to serious injury or death.
Make sure you look up and look out, watch those overheads, and watch where you dig.
Overhead electricity lines are not insulated and if contact – or near contact – is made with them by anything capable of conducting electricity, the electricity will pass through the object with the risk of injuring or killing anyone holding or near to the object.
Please do not go near power lines that have been brought down by a storm or any other cause. This would almost certainly result in an electric shock and burns that may be fatal.