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Electricity emergency

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Safe distances save lives

 

The electricity and gas network is essential and familiar infrastructure in our community, but if you get too close you could get hurt.

We’re lucky to have some of the lowest rates of serious network related safety incidents in the country, but it’s important that we all continue to stay aware and keep ourselves, loved ones, pets, equipment, vegetation, tools, machinery, furniture and belongings away from network infrastructure to stay safe. Depending on what electrical and gas infrastructure you’re close to, and what you’re doing, different safe distances apply.

Electricity network safe distances

 

Infrastructure Safe distance
Above ground Underground
Overhead service lines 100mm
N/A
Power poles
1.5m
N/A
Low-voltage powerlines
1.5m
50cm
Medium-voltage powerlines (11kV–22kV)
2.0m
50cm
High-voltage powerlines (66–132kV)
4.0m 
3.0m
Mini-pillars
1.5m
N/A
Pole substations
1.5m
N/A
Substations
50m
N/A
Fallen or sagging powerlines
8.0m
N/A

 

Gas network safe distances

 

Infrastructure Safe distance
Above ground Underground
Medium-pressure gas pipeline N/A 30cm
Gas meters 500mm N/A
Gas meter relief vent 500mm N/A
Regulating stations Perimeter fence N/A

Below are some of the most important aspects of energy network safety, click on a heading to learn more.

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