If you are installing or dismantling your antenna for the first time, you may want to seek out some professional assistance. If you are unsure of your abilities to do the installation, you might want to find some help from a qualified antenna or tower installation company. Read the manufacturer's directions and the advisories in full before proceeding with your installation. There may be important advice contained in these instructions that will keep you safe. The installation or dismantling of any antenna near power lines is very dangerous. Each year people are killed or injured while attempting to install or dismantle an antenna. In many cases, the person was well aware of the dangers, but did not take adequate steps to avoid the potential hazards involved with the job. For your safety and proper antenna installation, read and follow all safety precautions. Choose an installation site for safety as well as performance. All electric power cable or telephone lines may look alike. To be safe, you should assume ANY overhead line can injure or kill you. Do not place an antenna where it could potentially fall on, or blow down on during a storm into a power line. To determine the SAFE DISTANCE follow these steps: 1- Determine the total height of your antenna. 2- Add the antenna length of any mast or pole to the length of your tower mast. 3- Double that figure (or close to double) just to be extra safe should it fall over. Your answer to the above three calculations will be the minimum safe distance from the nearest power line that you should install your antenna. Call your Power Company before you begin the project. Let them come and review your site. This might seem like an inconvenience, but time spent with the Power Company may help avoid a fatal accident. Play it safe. Never dig without contacting the utility companies. This includes all of the utilities: Electric, Gas, Water, Cable, and Sewer. You never know what may be under your feet and you donít want to find out while digging a hole in the ground. Never use a utility pole as a support for an antenna or guy wire and never climb a utility pole while doing an installation or removal. The only people authorized to do so are the utility company staff. Outdoor antennas should be grounded with an approved lighting arresting device. There may be local codes that apply to installations so check this out also. The radio should also be grounded to good earth ground to help protect the radio. Do not use hot water pipes or gas lines as a ground source. This is totally against all rules and is very unsafe. Height or other restrictions on antennas may apply to your installation depending on your proximity to an airport, or local rules. Find out what they maybe before you start your project and comply with them fully. Failure to do so may not only be unsafe but may mean dismantling the antenna system to meet local rules and regulations. Take the time to plan your installation procedure. Each person should have assigned tasks and know what to do when and in what order. A "boss" should be chosen to call out instructions and watch for any signs of trouble. Dress properly with proper protective gear. Use an approved safety belt if you are climbing a mast or tower. Do NOT work on wet, snowy or windy days or if a thunderstorm is approaching. And remember do NOT use a metal ladder around electric wires. If the assembly you are putting up starts to drop get away from it and let it fall. Never try to catch or set it right. You can be badly hurt by falling antennas or any of their parts. If any part of the antenna should come in contact with a power line DON'T TOUCH IT OR TRY TO REMOVE IT YOURSELF. You must call your local power company immediately and have them deal with the problem. Remember that guyed towers are NOT self-supporting at any height. If your antenna installation includes putting up a tower read the additional advisory on towers that comes with your unit. Install wire antennas high enough that they will not be walked into by people going through your yard. As well remember to watch out where your lead in or coax lines are running. Do not ever install wire antennas over or under utility lines.
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