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What is a safe distance for power lines?

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There is no one way to determine a safe distance from street power lines, but a good range is between 10 to 200 feet from the wires. For high voltage transmission lines with larger cables and tall towers, a safe distance is around 700 feet.

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The safe distance from power lines mainly depends on the level and strength of the magnetic fields being emitted from them and the configuration of the power transmission. A gaussmeter may be used to measure this. Exposure to electromagnetic fields must not be higher than 3 milligauss, especially for children, as it increases their risk of having leukemia.

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