Electricity infrastructure is all around you. If you are planning an outdoor leisure activity take note of any overhead power lines, sub-stations, mini-pillars or other electrical equipment in the area. Remember that you do not always have to touch the equipment to be injured, in certain conditions electricity can travel through the air.
In some circumstances, electricity can jump from the power line to the boat mast – it does not need to touch the mast.
Before rigging or moving a boat with a tall mast you should always:
- Check if there are overhead power lines nearby
- Plan your chosen route carefully
- Avoid travelling underneath overhead wires when moving boats
- Plan your route and ensure you have maps showing the location of overhead lines
- Be extra vigilant when flying low as overhead lines can be difficult to see from the air
- Get to know a new landing location and be aware of overhead lines
- In an emergency landing watch out for pylons, poles and overhead lines
Many fishing rods are made of conductive material, such as carbon fibre or metal, and electricity can flow through a wet fishing line.
- Always look up and never fish underneath overhead power lines
- Established fishing areas near overhead lines will have special warning signs - take note of these
- Fish at least 30 metres (100ft) away from all overhead lines - measure this along the ground