A Maryland man suffered an electrical shock while hanging his outdoor Christmas lights when his ladder came in contact with a power line. At first this seems impossible, I mean, aren't power lines way up high? Well no, they aren't in many residential neighborhoods and this is the least discussed and most dangerous, thing we live with every day. Take a look in your backyard or front yard or side yard if you live in the St. Louis area. So many power lines drop down from poles to homes and are very much in the way if work needs to be done on the house. Or worse, are actually touchable from porches or decks.
For years our house in Collinsville had a power line which angled down from the pole in the backyard, hung over the deck and attached to the back corner of the house. We could never really clean the west corner of those gutters for fear of accidentally touching the power line. When we had work done on the house a few years ago we had that changed and feel much safer now.
I wonder when the local power companies will address this. They're good about doing things with poles at the source, but not where they attach to residential structures. We are a long way from underground power lines in most places.