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What You Need to Know About Induction

September 14th, 2017

Induction typically occurs when high-voltage power lines cause nearby structures such as buildings, sheds, fences or equipment to become energized, heightening the risk of shock or fire. Here's what you need to know.

For many rural landowners, storing equipment and fuel bins around the edge of their property is commonplace; however, this is often where power lines are located. Depending on the voltage of the line, as well as the proximity and characteristics of nearby equipment or structures, induction poses a significant safety risk.

Equipment or structures located too close to high-voltage power lines and conditions like hot or damp weather can create a greater potential for arcing and induction. It can also create a "nuisance shock" which can range from a small shock like the one you get when crossing carpet to a more severe jolt.

Buildings and structures aren't permitted on land that has been set aside for high-voltage power lines, even if that land runs along your private property. In fact, there can be additional distances that you'll need to adhere to when building to make sure that you're maintaining regulated safety standards.

If there's a power line running along the edge of your property and you're looking to build or store equipment nearby, you'll need to contact the electric utility to learn the safe limits of approach and make sure that the structure or equipment is "grounded" to the earth.

There are many ways to turn a potentially dangerous situation into a safe one. If you’re in doubt, always contact your electric utility for advice and assistance.

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The Joint Utility Safety Team (JUST) is a partnership between the following Alberta electric utilities with contributions from local municipalities, formed to address the frequency of power line contacts across the province.