Keep your private powerlines and poles safe
Power poles and powerlines are exposed to all kinds of weather, wildlife and pests, which can put them at risk of structural damage. Damaged or degraded power poles and powerlines can lead to fires or electric shock, so it's important to keep this electrical infrastructure safe.
Make sure our Horizon Power teams can always access your powerlines and poles.
For everybody’s safety, we have statutory rights of entry and access, based on sections 43, 46(9) and 48 of the Energy Operators (Powers) Act 1979 and other legislative provisions.
Take care of your private power poles
- Never climb a pole, approach the wires, attempt any electrical repairs yourself or cut any vegetation near an energised powerline. Contact with live wires can kill.
- Keep trees and branches at least 5 metres away from powerlines to help prevent power interruptions and the possibility of fire, electric shock or electrocution.
- Never trim trees and branches near powerlines yourself - find a trained tree pruning contractor
- Safely remove any vegetation on the ground close to the base of all power poles and under the powerlines.
How to inspect your private powerlines and poles
At least once a year, check your private powerlines and poles (including stay-wires, fittings and other components) for any visible signs damage or deterioration:
- For wooden poles, look for cracks, rot or attack by white-ants/termites.
- For steel poles, check for rust above and below ground, even if the pole is galvanised.
Check with the professionals
It’s a good idea to have a qualified, licensed professional regularly inspect the condition of private power poles and powerlines to check for any structural issues or internal deterioration you may not be able to see.
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