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04/06/2014 15:31

Electricity around the farm

Underground cables

  • Take care when digging post holes or driving stakes or standards – cables are not always laid in a straight line and depths can vary.  Cables cannot withstand a blow from a tool, and damaging one may cause an electric shock.
  • If a cable becomes damaged or you suspect damage, contact your local power company immediately to report the problem and location.


Power lines

  • Make sure tall equipment is kept well clear of overhead power lines.
  • People climbing over stock trucks or high loads of hay must avoid overhead lines.
  • Keep power lines on your property in good condition.  lf repairs are necessary contact a registered electrician or your electricity supplier immediately.
  • Be sure no power lines run through or near any tree you or any children climb.  Even if power lines aren’t touching the tree, they could touch it after your weight is added to a branch.
  • Keep your trees trimmed a minimum of 4 metres from of all wires.  Notify your local power company if there is likelihood of danger to yourself or family from a tree falling against the overhead lines.


Electric fences and fencing wire

  • Do not connect any other mains-operated equipment to an electric fence unless the manufacturer guarantees that the isolation between its mains and fence circuits is not less than that of the energiser.
  • Install electric fence wires in accordance with Australia/New Zealand standard AS/NZS 3014.  Details and downloads are available from  the Standards New Zealand website. Cost $99.00
  • Display prominent signs on your electric fences when the public may legally gain access to them.
  • Fencing wire can flick upwards and touch (or even simply come close to) overhead power lines, resulting in electric shocks, so be aware how close you are to overhead lines.