Electric Safety & Reliability
Your Home's Power Supply
Repairing damage that happens to a homeís electrical system is the responsibility of both the homeowner and LIPA. This illustration shows the different areas of liability.
1. Service Line
This wire generally runs from the utility pole to the top of a house. Itís LIPAís job to maintain the service line from the pole to the house and its connections, and repair it when necessary.
2. Entrance Cable and Point of Attachment
The entrance cable connects to the LIPA service wire at the top of the house down to the meter pan, and from the meter pan to the service panel inside the home. The entrance cable is considered part of the homeís wiring. If the entrance cable is damaged, itís the homeowner's responsibility to have the cable repaired by a licensed electrician, and it must be repaired before LIPA can safely restore service to your home. The point of attachment, which consists of the weatherhead and an eyebolt, is also the homeowner's responsibility.
3. Meter and Meter Pan
Itís LIPAís responsibility to keep your meter in good operating condition. However, the metal base (or pan that holds the meter,) the connections inside this pan, and everything below the meter and meter pan belong to and are the responsibility of the homeowner. A licensed electrician should also make repairs to the meter pan.