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Electricity Safety

Electricity SafetyCoastal Electric Cooperative's electric system includes high-voltage equipment and high-risk areas. Always use EXTREME CAUTION when working or playing near them.

Be Electricity Aware

Keep these life-saving tips in mind:

  • Underground Lines

    Call before you dig. If you hit an underground line, you could be seriously injured. By law, you could also be liable for damages. Before digging or moving earth, call SC811, the local one-call utility locating service to locate all the underground utility lines.

  • Tree Safety

    Work and play safely around trees. Contact your local electric utility before pruning, trimming, or cutting down trees that are near overhead lines. Don't let children climb trees that are near overhead lines. Learn more about tree trimming best practices.

  • High-Voltage Towers

    Stay clear of high-voltage towers. Never touch or climb on these towers. Overhead wires and other tower equipment carry very high-voltage electricity.

  • Overhead Lines

    Keep your distance! When carrying and using ladders and other long tools, make sure to keep them at least 10 feet away from all overhead lines-including the line from the power pole to your home.

  • Substations

    Stay out of substations. Tell children that if a ball or toy gets into a substation they should tell an adult to call the power company. Never try to retrieve the toy yourself.

  • Pad-Mounted Transformers

    Don't dig near them or try to open them. These transformers are contained inside sturdy metal cabinets that are locked for safety. Never sit on or near them. If you find one that's unlocked, call Coastal Electric Cooperative immediately.

Electrical Safety Checklist [PDF]

Remember, safety is everyone's business.

Safety Videos

Touchstone Energy and NRECA’s (National Rural Electric Cooperative Association) Straight Talk both provide videos for electric co-op consumer members. Watch their videos on electrical safety.