How Far Away Should You Live From Power Lines?

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Stable Power Lines Pose No Risk

  • Although it was once hypothesized that electric power lines were responsible for a number of diseases, including cancer and leukemia, there has been no scientific evidence to back this hypothesis. This means that power lines pose no provable danger to those who live in their vicinity.

At Least 25 Feet

  • The only imminent danger that a power line poses is that of electrocution if a line becomes severed and falls. Accordingly, Consumers Energy suggests that all structures, including swimming pools, be built at least 25 feet from the nearest part of the distribution line.

Bottom Line

  • Although power lines pose no risk when operating under normal conditions, the threat of their breaking means that all residents should live at least 25 feet away from the lines.

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