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Camping safety


Every year contact with overhead power lines causes electric shocks, severe and debilitating burn injuries and, in some instances, death. This can be avoided by campers and caravan users being aware of the dangers and pitching safely away from overhead power lines.

Tent and awning poles made from metal, carbon fibre or similar materials will conduct electricity.  Many other materials will allow electricity to flow along them when they are wet.  At higher voltages electricity may jump short distances through the air.

Top 5 tips on camping safety

1. Never pitch your tent underneath an overhead power line.

2. When erecting or moving aerials or tent poles, keep at least six metres between the aerial and the overhead power line.

3. Fly kites or model aircraft in areas away from overhead power lines.  If a kite is blown towards an overhead power line, let go of the string, keep clear and call Western Power Distribution.

4. Tell the site manager or owner of any dangerous situation or near miss that you see.

5. Look out for overhead power line warning notices and signs prohibiting camping in certain areas of the site.

Reference Guide

More information on camping safety can be found using the following links:


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Angling safety
Ballooning safety
Drone safety
Farming safety
Sailing safety

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