# Question: How High Are Electric Lines?

## What is the minimum safe distance from power lines?

10 feetThe Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that equipment be kept at least 10 feet away from power lines with voltages up to 50kV.

For lines with voltages higher than 50kV, the required distance is even greater (see below)..

## How tall are transmission lines?

For this reason, transmission towers usually stand 55 feet to 150 feet high. Most are made from steel, but some are concrete, wood or even ductile iron. Wooden distribution poles, found in neighborhoods (unless your lines run underground), are generally about 40 feet tall.

## How high is an electric pole?

The standard utility pole in the United States is about 40 ft (12 m) long and is buried about 6 ft (2 m) in the ground. However, poles can reach heights of 120 ft (37 m) or more to satisfy clearance requirements.

## Why are there 3 power lines?

A three-wire three-phase circuit is usually more economical than an equivalent two-wire single-phase circuit at the same line to ground voltage because it uses less conductor material to transmit a given amount of electrical power.

## How high does a Weatherhead have to be?

18 inchesWeather head must be a minimum of 18 inches from top of the pole. The pole must be treated and be at least a Class 7 round or 6”x 6” square and have a minimum of 14.5 feet above the ground. If metallic weather head is used with PVC conduit, it must have a bonding ground.

## How close to a utility pole can you build?

Clearance guidelines for facilities and easementsStructureUtility polesOverhead electric linesStructureSheds, garages, treehouses, playhouses and other structuresUtility poles3 feet horizontalOverhead electric lines7.5 feet horizontal 13.5 feet vertical6 more rows

## Who owns the utility pole?

One utility owns the pole, but multiple utilities use it — and each has its own way of numbering it.

## Is there electricity in cable lines?

A: Cable and phone wires don’t carry current, so it’s safe to remove them. … “Under that are the cable and phone lines.” The wires connect to your house at a vertical pipe, called a weather head, and the lines dip close to that so any rainwater can drip off before the line carries power down to the meter box.

## How many amps are high voltage lines?

500-1000 ampsThe line can carry 500-1000 amps depending on ambient weather conditions. Cooler temperatures, clouds, and wind help lower resistance, so the voltage can push more electrons (amperage) through the conductor matrix. Photo taken during installation of power lines.

## What is the average height of a power line?

The utility poles in your neighborhood can range in height from 30- to 60-feet tall. The larger ones you see along major roads and highways measure from 60 feet to more than 120 feet in height. The world’s tallest power line suspension towers, which flank the Yangtze River in Jiangyin, China, are 1,137 feet tall!

## How far should power lines be from a house?

700 feetThe strongest magnetic fields are usually emitted from high voltage transmission lines — the power lines on the big, tall metal towers. To be sure that you are reducing the exposure levels to 0.5 milligauss (mG) or less, a safety distance of 700 feet may be needed.

## Is 115 kV High Voltage?

High voltage (HV; subtransmission less than 100 kV; subtransmission or transmission at voltages such as 115 kV and 138 kV), used for sub-transmission and transmission of bulk quantities of electric power and connection to very large consumers. … Ultra high voltage (UHV) – higher than 800 kV.