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 Oconee 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. Please report your findings to Oconee EMC. 

For more information on outdoor safety, see the links below.

Underground Transformer Safety        Downed and Dangerous