Call Before You Dig!
One of the most potentially hazardous situations in residential areas and construction sites is accidental contact with underground electric power lines. Smart digging means knowing where utility lines are buried before you dig in order to protect yourself from injury and prevent damage to underground utility lines.
You can avoid this problem by calling an underground line locating service. There’s no charge for the service, and the call is toll-free. Calling before you dig can not only save you money from a damage claim, it can also save your life.
A new, federally-mandated national "Call Before You Dig" number, 811, was created to help protect you from unintentionally hitting underground utility lines while working on digging projects.
In Georgia and North Carolina, call 811, use the mobile app, or website before digging.
Important Safety Reminders
- If you see a line that has fallen, assume that it is always energized. Do not attempt to come in contact with any line that has fallen. Call Blue Ridge Mountain EMC Immediately at (800) 292-6456.
- Never assume a line is "dead".
- Never touch an object or person that is in contact with a power line.
- Don't climb trees that are near power lines.
- Don't play on or near guy wires attached to power company poles.
- Stay away from electric substations and equipment.
- Avoid playing on or near underground transformers (Green Boxes).
- Dig Safely! Georgia and North Carolina law mandates that, before beginning any mechanized digging or excavation work, you must contact Georgia 811 by calling 811 or (800) 282-7411, and in North Carolina contact NC 811 by calling 811 or (800) 632-4949.
- Avoid coming in contact with electric appliances while in or near water.
- Periodically check all appliances and extension cords for deterioration.
- Place safety covers on all electrical outlets.
- OSHA Quick Card Electrical Safety Info
- Contact BRMEMC Safety Coordinator Tony Denton for questions.