Avoid costly mis­take in sum­mer reno

Windsor Star - - HOME, POOL & GARDEN -

Whether you’re up­grad­ing your home or cot­tage, re­mem­ber to make safety your num­ber one pri­or­ity.

If you’re plan­ning to build a new bal­cony, deck, swim­ming pool or other per­ma­nent struc­ture on your prop­erty, look for elec­tric­ity in­fra­struc­ture that may be close by and plan ac­cord­ingly. Elec­tric­ity in­fra­struc­ture can in­clude over­head or un­der­ground wires and pad mount trans­form­ers.

All power lines have set­back re­stric­tions that iden­tify how closely you can safely build near them. Not fol­low­ing th­ese re­stric­tions can re­sult in dan­ger to you, your con­trac­tor or power line work­ers in the fu­ture. You can find the spe­cific re­quire­ments for set­backs and min­i­mum clear­ances for build­ing near power lines in safety reg­u­la­tions like the On­tario Elec­tri­cal Safety Code, the On­tario Build­ing Code and Hy­dro One Dis­tri­bu­tion Stan­dards.

When sub­mit­ting a build­ing plan to your lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­ity for ap­proval, be sure to in­clude: the lo­ca­tions of over­head power lines on or close to your prop­erty, any build­ings, over­hangs, swim­ming pools, antennas, flag poles or any other per­ma­nent above-ground struc­tures in prox­im­ity to power lines, and any pad­mount trans­form­ers or un­der­ground ca­bles.

Al­ways call On­tario One Call at 1-800-400-2255 be­fore you dig. Visit hy­droone.com for more in­for­ma­tion.

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