It is the homeowner’s responsibility to ensure that, within the boundary of their property, power lines and cables are maintained in a safe condition.Electricity is supplied to your home through overhead power lines or underground cables. These service lines are live and cannot be turned off by the main power switch on your switch board. If you touch them, or the bare conductors that connect them to the house, you may be seriously injured or killed.
Where entering a building, these lines are required to have suitable insulated covering. If the covering looks damaged or worn, contact your electricity retailer.Very often, supply to an out-building is taken from the house by overhead lines. As with service lines, old coverings of the wire deteriorate with time. If the covering looks damaged or worn, have the lines replaced by a licensed electrical worker.