The orange flags are used as markers so drivers of high vehicles know power lines are present.
The orange flags are used as markers so drivers of high vehicles know power lines are present. Crystal Jones

EXPLAINED: What are those little orange flags all over town?

THEY'RE eye-catching and growing by the numbers - but just what are the little orange flags popping up all over town?

They may have you perplexed but they play a very important role.

'Tiger tails' are a crucial safety measure that highlights power lines during times of construction.

Energex spokesman Danny Donald said councils and businesses request them to be attached to lines where high-rise construction is going to be carried.

Orange safety flags in the top end of Mary St, Gympie.
Orange safety flags in the top end of Mary St, Gympie. Renee Albrecht

"It is an issue that occurs quite regularly - that people hauling high loads or using excavation equipment can hit overhead power lines or hit underground cables,” Mr Donald said.

"It can certainly save a life,” he said.

He said the orange safety flags help overhead, but when using machinery in the ground, operators should 'dial before they dig' by calling 1100 to check the placement of underground cables.

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