Service Drop & SEC Clearance Requirements

Is there a requirement for clearance over stairs and doorway landing? (I know about the 10ft requirement for balcony/decks and yards, but I can not find any for stairs and doorway landing.


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Someone can reach up and grab it which makes it a safety hazard. A walkway/balcony needs 10’ clearance…my thoughts.

That’s my opinion too.

**(B) Vertical Clearance. **The vertical clearance of final
spans above, or within 900 mm (3 ft) measured horizontally
of, platforms, projections, or surfaces from which they
might be reached shall be maintained in accordance with

**[FONT=Times New Roman][size=2]230.9 Clearances on Buildings. **Service conductors and
final spans shall comply with 230.9(A), (B), and ©.
**(A) Clearances. **Service conductors installed as open conductors
or multiconductor cable without an overall outer
jacket shall have a clearance of not less than 900 mm (3 ft)
from windows that are designed to be opened, doors,[FONT=Times New Roman][size=2]
porches, balconies, ladders, stairs, fire escapes, or similar
*Exception: Conductors run above the top level of a window
shall be permitted to be less than the 900-mm (3-ft)

Thanks Paul, just what I needed.

Although Paul answered it very eloquently, here is an attached PDF file to keep handy.