If you are painting a house or cleaning out the gutters chances are you will be on a ladder and most times there are electric wires overhead.
You may be the most safety conscious person but a gust of wind, a stumble or trip or a sudden sneeze could send the ladder you are carrying overhead to suddenly change directions and hit a power line.
The simplest way to assist with preventing a problem or an accident is having the power lines wrapped approaching the house. And the cost is FREE.
To have the wires wrapped for free please visit this link from the electric company that serves the Merrimack Valley area. https://www9.nationalgridus.com/non_html/Safety_Electric_Customer_%20Brochure_10-2009.pdf
There is a minimum 10-foot danger zone around overhead power lines. Transmission or high-voltage
lines require an even greater clearance.
Information from National grid:
Overhead power lines may be coated to protect them from the weather, but that coating will not protect you from electric shock. If you contact an overhead line—with your body or indirectly through a ladder or tool— you may be seriously injured or even killed.
Keep scaffolding and rigging away from electrical equipment and overhead lines. Scaffolding can sway into a power line, energizing the entire structure and endangering anyone who touches it. Stay clear of the 10-foot danger zone around wires connected to homes and commercial buildings.