Accidental contact with electricity usually results in serious life threatening injuries, even death. Such occurrences can be minimized if the following precautions are taken when working near power lines:

  •  Assume all overhead and downed power lines are live and dangerous.
  • Keep objects at least 10 feet away from power lines.
  • Inspect surroundings before operating equipment to avoid interference with power lines.
  • Do not attempt to raise or move power lines.
  • Report any damaged electrical equipment or downed lines to Altamaha EMC immediately. 
  • If you plan to dig, call the Utility Protection Center at 811 a few days in advance of your scheduled dig to allow time for the request to be processed.
  • Never fly kites or model airplanes near electric power lines. 
  • Do not climb trees with power lines in or near the branches.
  • Avoid areas where warning signs around electrical equipment have been posted.
  • Stay away from damaged or broken utility poles with electrical wires. Do not shoot at insulators or power lines.