Electrical Safety

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Avoid Electrical Shock

  • Avoid using electric power tools outdoors when they or the ground are wet. Unplug tools that may come in contact with water.
  • Inspect, repair or replace power tools, cords, outlets and other electrical equipment often.
  • If an appliance falls into water, turn the power off at the breaker before touching the appliance.
  • Immediately turn off and disconnect any electrical equipment that sparks.
  • Always disconnect appliances before cleaning or servicing.
  • Take note of power lines when installing or removing any type of antenna.
  • Use electrical cords, power strips and surge protectors with three-prong or polarized plugs (plugs with one blade wider than the other). Never remove the third (round or u-shaped) prong. Insert plugs securely so that no part of the prongs are exposed.
  • Use Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) outlets to protect you when an accidental electric path forms between a source of current and the ground. This most often occurs in wet areas like bathrooms or kitchens where water can serve as an accidental conductor.

If An Electrical Shock Occurs:

From a Fallen Power Line

Do not try to remove the line or touch the person.

Call 911 for medical help and call Jackson EMC at 1-800-245-4044 to report the downed line.

From Wiring

Do not touch the person.

Unplug the equipment causing the shock or turn off the power at the main switch in the service box.

Call 911 for medical help and then give first aid if you know how.

If a Downed Power Line Falls Across Your Vehicle:

Stay in the vehicle until emergency crews arrive. If your vehicle is on fire and you must get out, do so without touching the vehicle and the ground at the same time. Jump from your vehicle and land with your feet together on the ground. Shuffle or hop away from the vehicle until you are at least 100 feet away.

When Working On or Near Energized Equipment

  • Wear protective clothing and equipment and use insulated tools.
  • When possible, ensure the power is disconnected from the power line and visibly guard un-insulated overhead power lines whenever contact is possible.
  • Georgia has specific laws regarding the operation of equipment near power lines. Contact Jackson EMC if you need more details.
  • Before driving tall equipment, such as cranes, under power lines, or when lifting plumbing lines and irrigation pipe near power lines, make sure adequate clearance is available.
  • Don’t use metal ladders when working around electrical lines.
  • Make sure tall metal objects do not come in contact with power lines.