The CPSC released the following instructions today in order to keep the rate of accidental death down. When participating in outdoor, overhead activities, consumers should take the following precautions:
Keep all objects - including masts, poles, ladders, tools and toys - far away from power lines at all times.
If taking down or moving an antenna, be aware of new power lines that have been put up since the antenna was first installed.
Never assume that an overhead power line is electrically insulated; always assume that contact with any line can be lethal.
Never place a ladder anywhere near an electrical power line.
Position non-metal ladders (such as fiberglass) at a height and location that prevents the possibility of contact with a power line.
Keep the distance from an antenna or pole to the power line at least 1 1/2 times the height of the antenna or pole.
Properly ground all masts in accordance with electrical codes.
Be aware that anyone can be electrocuted by touching a power line directly, or by touching a power line and conductive material (such as a metal ladder, antenna, pipe, kite) and at the same time making contact with the earth or any grounded item (such as metal siding or a downspout).
Keep away from all downed power lines. A power line that touches the ground can shock or kill a person even if untouched. The electrical current can travel over moist or wet ground and through one’s body.