What you need to know

  • Overhead lines are normally uninsulated and carried mostly on wooden poles at a height of 5.2 m (17ft).
  • Overhead lines can sometimes be dangerously mistaken for telephone wires.  Look out for yellow danger notices fitted to poles and pylons as they are there for your safety.
  • At higher voltages electricity will jump through the air so it is not necessary to touch an overhead line to suffer an electric shock.
  • Most fishing rods will conduct electricity, especially those containing carbon fibres.

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