My Safety: Power Lines
Power lines that deliver electricity to your home can
also deliver a deadly shock. Typically, each line carries
at least 7,200 volts, more than enough to cause death or
Most accidents happen when a conducting product, such
as a kite, TV antenna or metal ladder, comes in contact
with a power line. Fortunately, these dangers are 100 percent
- Be sure to place an antenna at least twice its length
from the power line. Have someone help you keep it free
of the lines during installation and maintenance.
- When using a ladder, always check for overhead power lines.
- Don't place the ladder where it can
slide into the line and never move a ladder that is extended or upright.
- Use ladders made of non-conducting materials, such as
fiberglass or wood.
- If the ladder falls into an overhead line, let it go. Do not try to move it. Assume the overhead line is a live power line. Call PNM immediately: (888) 342-5766 or (888) DIAL-PNM
- Fly kites only in open parks or fields, far away from power lines.
More tips for flying kites safely
Fallen power lines
- If you come across a fallen or downed power line, leave it alone.
Do not touch the line. Call PNM immediately: (888) 342-5766 or (888) DIAL-PNM.
- Always assume electricity is running through it, whether you see sparks or not.
More ways to stay safe around fallen power lines