Albemarle EMC operates power lines with voltages as high as 35,000 volts. This is almost 300 times higher than the voltage in your outlets. When we work with these high-voltage lines, our number one concern is safety. We are surrounded by electricity in our homes and offices every day. Safety must be a concern because, regardless of the voltage, electricity can be dangerous.
- Always call NC 811 before digging. Dial 811 or 1-800-632-4949.
- Be careful using a ladder, pool skimmer or any long object. You may come in contact with overhead lines.
- Look before you climb any tree to be sure no wires run through or near it. You could be electrocuted if branches come in contact with the wire.
- Keep electrical appliances away from any water such as rain, wet ground, swimming pools, sprinklers and hoses.
- Be alert for bent plugs and frayed cords on electrical appliances and fixtures. Have them replaced if they are damaged.
- Fly your kite away from power lines and substations.
- Never put your finger, or anything other than an electrical plug, in an outlet.
- Pull by the plug, not the cord, when unplugging an appliance.
- Do not overload outlets.