Accidents can occur when home owners do not know where electricity cables have been buried – either on your own property or in the services corridor which sits between your property boundary and the road. Electricity cables may be underground, as may water, gas and sewer lines. If you are not sure exactly where your supply cables are, check with your local council or service provider before you start any excavation work, particularly in the berm outside your property.
Unison offers a FREE advisory service if you want to know the location of underground cables supplying electricity to the boundary of your property. And remember: if you accidentally uncover any cable, contact Unison (even if the cable is not damaged) and we’ll take a closer look for you. A charge applies for locating privately owned underground cables.
If you need to locate electricity cables –
CALL UNISON FIRST | 0800 2 UNISON | 0800 286 476
Or download our cable locations form below
Be aware of what’s under the ground, particularly when digging deep holes for fence posts or if you are inserting any spikes or poles into the ground.
And if you are doing any gardening, planting or maintenance on the grass verge between your property boundary and the road, check whether the electricity supply has been buried underground.
For more information on safety with underground cables read the Department of Labour Underground Services Guide.
A guide to Unison's Cable Locations service
Remember that damaging underground electrical cables could result in serious injury or even death.
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