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

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

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Summary

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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Monday, July 25, 2011 - 8:30am
Keywords: Energy | AEP | American Electric Power | Electric Safety | Overhead lines | public safety