Use extreme caution when installing or removing an outdoor antenna that is located close to overhead wires such as power lines, telephone lines or cable TV lines. If any part of the antenna makes contact with overhead power lines, touching the antenna or the antenna cable can cause electrocution and death. If the antenna is in contact with any type of overhead wires, call your power company and ask them to send a qualified technician to remove the antenna. Do not attempt to remove it yourself!
Important Safety Precautions...
Many do-it-yourself and professional antenna installers are injured or killed each year by electric shock. While anyone can see the obvious danger of falling, the most resourceful sometimes fail to recognize overhead wires as being potentially lethal. To touch any part of the antenna to these overhead wires is the same as touching the wires with your bare hand. A very serious shock is almost sure to result when contacting an electrical wire, and in the case of primary wires on the top of poles, the shock is like being struck by a bolt of lighting. Many power wires are within 20 to 25 feet of the ground and could easily be touched by an assembled antenna.
Please read and follow these important safety precautions:
- Be sure to select an antenna site well away from all overhead wires.
- Do not try to guess which overhead wires carry high voltage. Check with the Power Company.
- If you notice anything making contact with the overhead wires, call the Power Company to have it removed safely. Do not run the downlead cable over power wires.
- Get help from a qualified professional when removing the old antenna if there is nay doubt of clearing overhead wires.
- Never install the antenna outdoors at night, when it is windy, or during rain or snow.
- Make sure the antenna installation is secure.
- Do not stand on, lean on, hang from or hand anything on the antenna once it is mounted.
Lightning Protection and Grounding:
Always plug your TV and other electronic devices into a quality surge protector for maximum protection against lighting and power surges.
- Do not run the downlead cable over power wires.
- Make sure the antenna downlead is connected to suitable lightning arrestors.
All outdoor antenna installations should be properly grounded. To effectively protect the installation, the coaxial cable(s) should be grounded before they enter the house. The grounding of the coaxial cable is made using a "ground block" and copper wire (not supplied). For information and the materials needed to ground your antenna installation, visit your local electronics store.