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.
Jul 22, 2011 3:00 PM ET

Overhead Power Line Safety Factsheet


Most contact with overhead power lines is accidental, but can result in severe injuries and even death.  Fortunately, most, if not all, electrical accidents can be prevented.  Before you begin any job, whether it's installing a TV antenna on your roof or constructing a new building, it's important to be aware of power line locations and the necessary safety precautions.  This factsheet explains the dangers of overhead power lines and how to stay safe.   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).   AEP15424