Overhead Power Line Safety

Looking above you is always a good idea. It’s easy to forget when you’re focused on a project, but be mindful of where power lines are when you pull out your ladder.

Ladders and TV antennas need should never be placed near power lines.

Also, never climb trees near power lines.

 

Working near overhead high-voltage power lines

If you’re going to be performing any work within 10 feet if overhead high voltage power lines you need to call the Utilities Protection Center during its regular business hours at least 72 hours, excluding weekends and holidays, prior to beginning such work. It’s the law!

Notification allows the owner or operator of the power lines to take appropriate safety measures to prevent injury to persons and property and interruptions of utility service resulting from accidental or inadvertent contact with high-voltage electric lines. You can contact the UPC at 800-282-7411, 770-623-4344, or at the following Internet address: http://www.gaupc.com.

 

Going to be digging?

In addition, you need to call for that, too. The Georgia Utilities Protection Center (UPC) provides a single point of contact for the prevention of damage to underground utility facilities, and to protect the public and construction contractors from contact with power and gas lines. Georgia law requires that anyone digging in Georgia must contact UPC three days before construction begins. Utilities are required to locate all underground facilities in the construction area by the end of the second business day after a locate request is made. The location of utilities will be marked to prevent accidental contact.