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Electric and Power Line Safety

Electric and Power Line Safety


Electrical Fire Prevention

  • Install ground fault circuit interrupters in areas near water, including bathrooms, kitchens, garages, basements and outdoors.

  • Arc fault circuit interrupters should be installed directly in the breaker box to protect against fires caused by arcing faults in home electrical wiring.

  • Check the electrical outlets in your home for loose-fitting plugs, broken wall plates and missing or frayed wiring.

  • Do not overload outlets with appliances and adapters.

  • Cords that are frayed, cracked or broken should be discarded. Avoid running cords under rugs or heavily traveled areas in the home.  

  • Remember that extension cords are intended for temporary use and should not act as permanent power supplies.

  • Avoid using light bulbs that exceed the recommended wattage.

  • If an appliance appears to be damaged or broken, or has repeatedly blown a fuse, unplug it and have it repaired or replaced.

  • Light switches that feel hot or spark should be immediately turned off and inspected by a qualified electrician.

Source: Safe Electricity


Power Line Safety

  • Never climb into trees where power lines run through the limbs. 

  • Stay clear of overhead and exposed underground electrical lines at all times. Never attempt to repair lines yourself.

  • Don't get near electrical lines when making home improvements such as roofing, painting or replacing siding. Contact us at (770) 429-2100 if you need to perform any work around these lines.

  • Trees conduct electricity; avoid contact with them if they are making contact with any part of the electrical distribution system. Call Cobb EMC if you have trees touching lines and equipment at your home.

  • Never attempt to remove kites, tree limbs or other objects from power lines. Contact us to ensure safe removal.

  • If you are going to be working within 10 feet of any overhead electrical lines, contact the Utilities Protection Center, Inc. at 811 or online and give them your name and address. Cobb EMC will be notified to assess the needs for your safety.  


Underground Electrical Transformers

  • Underground transformers are not toys. Never allow your children to play on them.

  • If you notice an underground enclosure of any type being damaged, moved or leaking oil, call Cobb EMC immediately at (770) 429-2100.

  • Never open the lid or doors of any underground enclosure. If the lid is open, or the lock removed or damaged, call Cobb EMC immediately at (770) 429-2100.

  • Electrical lines terminate in the transformers, so our linemen need clear access to perform maintenance. Never plant shrubs or flowers around the transformer.

  • Call before you dig. If you have underground electrical lines feeding your home, contact the Utilities Protection Center, Inc. at 811 or online and give them your name, address and area location where the excavation will take place. Your underground lines will be marked for your protection against shock or even death.



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