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Safety Around DP&L Equipment

Together, we can work to keep your power on and maintain a safe clearance around our equipment.

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Planting landscaping or building decks, fences or other structures too close to DP&L equipment may cause a safety hazard. DP&L must be able to read, remove/install and test our meters, as well as maintain and replace electrical equipment. In an emergency, such as a fire, DP&L may have to remove the meter.

Electrical Meter Clearance

  • Customers must ensure the meter is easily accessible – at a minimum of 36 inches in front and six inches to the top and sides.

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Transformers, Poles and Other Equipment

  • If you have a DP&L transformer or other equipment on your property, DP&L must have easy access to ensure reliable and safe service for our customers.
  • Keep walkways and work areas clear – a recommended 10 feet in front, three feet to the sides and rear and 25 feet above the piece of equipment - so that our crews can safely work on the equipment.
  • All vegetation, including low plants like flowers and bushes, must be kept a minimum of 10 feet away from any pole. Trees should be planted at least 25 feet away from overhead lines, depending on the type. Learn more about planting the right tree in the right place ›
  • Plants, fences, decks or other structures within the service area zone may have to be removed if crews need access to our equipment. DP&L is not liable for damage to plants or other property prohibiting safe access to our equipment.

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Don’t Tamper with DP&L Equipment

  • Stealing or tampering with any type of DP&L electrical equipment or service can be fatal. Copper theft is a serious crime and can mean up to three (3) years in jail and up to a $7,500 fine.
  • Adhere to warning signs on our equipment and around our substations – never try to enter a substation property.
  • Report suspicious activity. We ask that anyone who sees suspicious activity at a substation or suspects theft of electrical equipment or service, please contact local law enforcement (911) and DP&L. Send us an email or call 800-433-8500).