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Louisville Gas & Electric
820 W. Broadway
Louisville, KY  40202

Emergency outages may be called in 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
7:30 am - 4:00 pm

Power Outages / Downed Power Lines? Ph: (502) 589-3500
Call Kentucky 811 before you dig. Dial 8-1-1

Facts, Figures & General Information
Overhead power lines have strict guidelines for height clearances over roads, streets, sidewalks, alleys and driveways. To keep the public safe from coming into contact with power lines, NFPA 70, National Electrical Code (NEC), mandates acceptable clearances. Cables high enough to avoid a person walking past them may not be high enough to eliminate the possibility of a large truck or person carrying an extension ladder from coming into contact with them. Remember, too, that just because power lines are high enough under normal weather conditions, icy conditions and downed tree limbs can cause them to be dangerously close!

Safety Tips (a partial list)
Power Lines
Here are some important things to remember about power line safety:
  • Stay away from downed power lines. Always assume a downed power line is live and life threatening. Be cautious when clearing debris after a storm as power lines may be hidden and tangled in the debris. Stay in the area to prevent anyone from going near downed power lines and call either 9-1-1 or Louisville Gas & Electric, 502.589.3500 (24 hours/day, 7 days/week).
  • Never drive over a downed line or under a low-hanging line. If a power line hits your car while you are inside, stay put and call 9-1-1. If you must evacuate the vehicle, jump clear of the vehicle and do not touch any of the metal and ground at the same time. Shuffle away from the vehicle keeping both feet on the ground.
  • Never climb trees near power lines. Remember electricity is always looking for the quickest path to ground. Keep at least 10 feet away from any power line and even farther from higher voltage lines such as transmission lines.
  • Never climb power poles or substation fences. A typical overhead distribution power line has 13,200 volts per wire. This can deliver a deadly shock. Substation fences are placed there to keep you out and safe.
  • Always keep ladders, antennas, kites, poles, boat masts and farming equipment away from power lines. You could be killed or injured if you are holding or working with any of these and they come in contact with a power line.

To learn more about the dangers associated with electrical power lines, visit LG&E’s website and watch its “High Voltage Safety Video.”

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10416 Watterson Trail   |   Jeffersontown, KY 40299   |   Ph: (502) 267-8333   |   Fx: (502) 267-0547