Electrical Public Safety at American Electric Power - Power lines are not insulated!

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Electrical Public Safety at American Electric Power - Power lines are not insulated!

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Power lines are not insulated. What looks like insulation is actual weatherproofing material. Learn more: http://3bl.me/vkyszf @AEPnews
Wednesday, August 3, 2011 - 8:00am

Stay away from all downed lines and never touch a downed power line. A common myth is that a power line is insulated like a power cord. What may look like insulation is actually weatherproofing material, which offers no insulation. Power lines are not insulated like power cords. This factsheet explains the dangers of downed power lines.

 
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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