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Safety Tips

General Info

  • Stay away from Tri-State EMC equipment, which includes poles, guy wires, substations, underground transformers, and trucks working on lines.
  • When you see our crews and equipment along roadsides, slow down and proceed with care.

Downed Power Line Safety

  • If a power line falls, stay away from it! Report the downed line to 911 immediately!
  • If you see a downed line, don’t touch it! You should always assume that a downed wire is live. Call Tri-State EMC, 706-492-3251, immediately.

Overhead Power Line Safety

  • Call us to trim trees near power lines.
  • Call the UPC, 800-282-7411, before working near overhead power lines
  • Keep ladders, antennas and poles away from power lines.
  • If you have a swimming pool, make sure that overhead wiring does not pass over the pool and is safely away from the pool area.
  • Never allow pool cleaning equipment to touch power lines near the pool area.
  • Keep kites and other objects away from overhead power lines.
  • Don’t build or construct anything under overhead power lines.

Underground Power Line Safety

  • If your power lines are underground, do not begin digging in the area without calling 811. This free service will notify your utility, who in turn will locate your underground lines so you can dig safely.
  • Do not plant trees/shrubbery or place obstructions within 10 feet of green transformer boxes or beneath overhead electrical lines.

Water Safety

  • When boating, launch your boat before raising the sail. Always look for power lines around the boat landings and lake crossings.
  • Don’t let boat antennas, sail mass or fishing poles come into contact with overhead power lines.
  • Electricity and water are a dangerous combination. Make sure outlets placed near sinks, tubs, swimming pools and other sources of water are wired with ground fault circuit interrupters.
  • Never run extension cords outside after a heavy rain. Even though the rain has stopped, the ground may still be wet, and anything wet will conduct electricity.

Outdoor Safety

  • Utility poles are not places to attach signs or notices to power poles. Nails and staples can interfere with special climbing hooks used by line workers to climb poles and can also increase the risk of electrocution.
  • Make sure the extension cords you do use outdoors are rated for outdoor use. Make sure also that they’re in good condition (no cuts or frays) and that they’re plugged into properly grounded outlets.
  • The best place to be during a thunderstorm is inside. When you see a storm approaching, seek shelter right away.