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You probably know that a downed power line is an electrical hazard and to stay well away if you see one. But, did you also know that getting too close to an overhead line that's not damaged and operating normally can be just as dangerous?
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Overhead power lines carry high-voltage electricity that can travel outside of the line in certain circumstances. Even if you don't touch a high-voltage line, if you get too close, electricity could still pass through your body, which can cause serious harm or even death.
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Always stay at least 20 feet away from overhead power lines and 35 feet away from downed wires.
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Keep kites, balloons (especially foil-coated balloons), drones and model aircraft far away from overhead power lines. If you are flying a kite or holding onto balloons in an area with overhead lines, try to position yourself at an angle at which the wind will carry objects away from the line if they get away.
If something gets caught on any utility line or equipment, do not try to pull it down, climb up after it or touch anything attached, including string. Call MidAmerican at 800-799-4443 to report and retrieve an object that is near, or attached to, an overhead line. We will respond at no charge to you.
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We all know water and electricity don’t mix! Not only can standing water carry an electrical current, but normally nonconductive materials, like string, cloth or wood can also pose a shock risk when wet and touching an energized line. 
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Do not place a ladder anywhere near a power line. Many types of ladders are either made of metal or contain metal components that conduct electricity. If you are carrying a ladder anywhere near an overhead line, carry it horizontally.
We want you to enjoy your time outside, even if you happen to be near overhead lines. But, be very careful if your outdoor activities involve anything that flies. And, if something gets caught up in an overhead line or on any high-voltage equipment, it's not worth the risk to try to get it down. Call us so we can take care of it safely.

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