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Electrical Public Safety at American Electric Power - Minimum Safe Distances from Overhead Power Lines

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Keep away from overhead power lines.  Keep long tools, ladders, scaffolding and other equipment away from overhead lines.  Minimum safe distances increase as line voltage increases.  Weather conditions and other factors also can affect safe distances.

The following minimum safe distances are based on line voltage:
  • Up to 50,000 volts (typical over head line) - Minumum clearance is 10 feet

  • 50,000 volts to 200,000 volts - Minimum clearance is 15 feet

  • 200,000 volts to 350,000 volts - Minimum clearance is 20 feet

  • 350,000 volts to 500,000 volts - Minimum clearance is 25 feet

  • 500,000 volts to 700,000 volts - Minimum clearance is 35 feet

  • 750,000 volts to 1,000,000 volts - Minimum clearance is 45 feet

AEP ranks among the nation's largest generators of electricity, owning nearly 38,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S.  AEP also owns the nation's largest electricity transmission system, a nearly 39,000-mile network that includes more 765 kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined.

AEP's utility units operate as AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia, West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas).

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Keep away from overhead power lines.  Keep long tools, ladders, scaffolding and other equipment away from overhead lines.  Minimum safe distances increase as line voltage increases.  Weather conditions and other factors also can affect safe distances.

The following minimum safe distances are based on line voltage:
  • Up to 50,000 volts (typical over head line) - Minumum clearance is 10 feet

  • 50,000 volts to 200,000 volts - Minimum clearance is 15 feet

  • 200,000 volts to 350,000 volts - Minimum clearance is 20 feet

  • 350,000 volts to 500,000 volts - Minimum clearance is 25 feet

  • 500,000 volts to 700,000 volts - Minimum clearance is 35 feet

  • 750,000 volts to 1,000,000 volts - Minimum clearance is 45 feet

AEP ranks among the nation's largest generators of electricity, owning nearly 38,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S.  AEP also owns the nation's largest electricity transmission system, a nearly 39,000-mile network that includes more 765 kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined.

AEP's utility units operate as AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia, West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas).

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AEP's Advice to the Public: Dangers of Overhead Power Lines

Contact with overhead power lines is usually accidental, but can result in severe injuries. Read how they can be prevented.
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AEP's Advice to the Public: Overhead Line Safety

Look up for overhead power lines.
Summary: 

Look up for overhead power lines. Overhead power lines are not insulated like household power cords. What may look like insulation is actually weatherproofing material. Never touch an overhead power line.

Coming in contact with power lines can easily lead to electrocution. If your ladder of piece of equipment touches an overhead line, both you and the equipment can become the path for the electricity. Learn about the potential dangers of overhead power lines by watching these short videos.

AEP - American Electric Power
AEP ranks among the nation's largest generators of electricity, owning nearly 38,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S.  AEP also owns the nation's largest electricity transmission system, a nearly 39,000-mile network that includes more 765 kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined.

AEP's utility units operate as AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia, West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas).

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Look up for overhead power lines. Overhead power lines are not insulated like household power cords. What may look like insulation is actually weatherproofing material. Never touch an overhead power line.

Coming in contact with power lines can easily lead to electrocution. If your ladder of piece of equipment touches an overhead line, both you and the equipment can become the path for the electricity. Learn about the potential dangers of overhead power lines by watching these short videos.

AEP - American Electric Power
AEP ranks among the nation's largest generators of electricity, owning nearly 38,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S.  AEP also owns the nation's largest electricity transmission system, a nearly 39,000-mile network that includes more 765 kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined.

AEP's utility units operate as AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia, West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas).

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Electrical Public Safety at American Electric Power - Electrical Equipment Safety and Safety Tips

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These are the last two videos demonstrating different scenarios illustrating what can happen if contact with electricity is made.  Please remember to always assume all electrical equipment is energized.  You can't see, hear or smell electricity. 

 
AEP ranks among the nation's largest generators of electricity, owning nearly 38,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S.  AEP also owns the nation's largest electricity transmission system, a nearly 39,000-mile network that includes more 765 kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined.
 
AEP's utility units operate as AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia, West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas).
 
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These are the last two videos demonstrating different scenarios illustrating what can happen if contact with electricity is made.  Please remember to always assume all electrical equipment is energized.  You can't see, hear or smell electricity. 

 
AEP ranks among the nation's largest generators of electricity, owning nearly 38,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S.  AEP also owns the nation's largest electricity transmission system, a nearly 39,000-mile network that includes more 765 kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined.
 
AEP's utility units operate as AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia, West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas).
 
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Electrical Public Safety at American Electric Power - Underground and Downed Power Line Safety

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A lot of power lines are overhead, but did you know power lines can also be underground?  Always call 811 before you dig in order to determine if underground power lines are in your yard. 

Do you know what to do if you discover a downed power line?  Watch the attached videos to find out.

About AEP - American Electric Power

AEP ranks among the nation's largest generators of electricity, owning nearly 38,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S.  AEP also owns the nation's largest electricity transmission system, a nearly 39,000-mile network that includes more 765 kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined.

AEP's utility units operate as AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia, West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas).

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A lot of power lines are overhead, but did you know power lines can also be underground?  Always call 811 before you dig in order to determine if underground power lines are in your yard. 

Do you know what to do if you discover a downed power line?  Watch the attached videos to find out.

About AEP - American Electric Power

AEP ranks among the nation's largest generators of electricity, owning nearly 38,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S.  AEP also owns the nation's largest electricity transmission system, a nearly 39,000-mile network that includes more 765 kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined.

AEP's utility units operate as AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia, West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas).

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Electrical Public Safety at American Electric Power - Electricity Basics and Overhead Power Lines

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You've heard that electricity can kill, but do you know how and why?  This video series explains why electricity is so dangerous and uses different scenarios to illustrate exactly what can happen if contact with electricity is made.

About AEP - American Electric Power
AEP ranks among the nation's largest generators of electricity, owning nearly 38,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S.  AEP also owns the nation's largest electricity transmission system, a nearly 39,000-mile network that includes more 765 kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined.
 
AEP's utility units operate as AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia, West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas).

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You've heard that electricity can kill, but do you know how and why?  This video series explains why electricity is so dangerous and uses different scenarios to illustrate exactly what can happen if contact with electricity is made.

About AEP - American Electric Power
AEP ranks among the nation's largest generators of electricity, owning nearly 38,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S.  AEP also owns the nation's largest electricity transmission system, a nearly 39,000-mile network that includes more 765 kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined.
 
AEP's utility units operate as AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia, West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas).

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Electrical Safety e-Learning Module

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Electricity is vital to quality of life. But if not used properly, it also can kill. This e-learning module is designed to teach you the facts about safely using and working around electricity.

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Electricity is vital to quality of life. But if not used properly, it also can kill. This e-learning module is designed to teach you the facts about safely using and working around electricity.

LEED®-EB Gold Certification is Earned for The World Bank’s “I” and “J” Buildings

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(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) Washington, DC - July 12, 2011 - Leonardo Academy announced that The World Bank’s Washington, DC “I” and “J” Buildings, owned and managed by The World Bank, have been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (LEED®-EB: O&M) v2009 Gold Certification. This certification recognizes that The World Bank has implemented continuous sustainability improvement measures guided by LEED-EB, a rating system developed by the U.S.

Electrical Public Safety at American Electric Power: Electricity's Journey

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The final chapter in the video series titled Anatomy of an Electric System, illustrates the journey electricity takes to get to your home or business. It also reviews important safety information at each "stop" along the way.

About AEP - American Electric Power
AEP ranks among the nation's largest generators of electricity, owning nearly 38,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S.  AEP also owns the nation's largest electricity transmission system, a nearly 39,000-mile network that includes more 765 kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined.
 
AEP's utility units operate as AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia, West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas).

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The final chapter in the video series titled Anatomy of an Electric System, illustrates the journey electricity takes to get to your home or business. It also reviews important safety information at each "stop" along the way.

About AEP - American Electric Power
AEP ranks among the nation's largest generators of electricity, owning nearly 38,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S.  AEP also owns the nation's largest electricity transmission system, a nearly 39,000-mile network that includes more 765 kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined.
 
AEP's utility units operate as AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia, West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas).

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Electrical Public Safety at American Electric Power: Electricity and Your Home or Business

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This chapter discusses important electrical safety tips that should be followed at home and at work.

Click here to view Chapter Five: Electricity's Journey

 

About AEP - American Electric Power
AEP ranks among the nation's largest generators of electricity, owning nearly 38,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S.  AEP also owns the nation's largest electricity transmission system, a nearly 39,000-mile network that includes more 765 kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined.
 
AEP's utility units operate as AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia, West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas). 

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This chapter discusses important electrical safety tips that should be followed at home and at work.

Click here to view Chapter Five: Electricity's Journey

 

About AEP - American Electric Power
AEP ranks among the nation's largest generators of electricity, owning nearly 38,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S.  AEP also owns the nation's largest electricity transmission system, a nearly 39,000-mile network that includes more 765 kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined.
 
AEP's utility units operate as AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia, West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas). 

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