Power Line Safety

  • Accidentally contacting a power line can be dangerous and in some cases, even deadly
  • Graham County Electric Cooperative wants to help our members stay safe around power lines

Keep a Safe Distance

  • downed power lineWhether you are playing outdoors with your children or working on landscaping projects, keep a safe distance from power lines and other equipment your co-op uses to get electricity to your home

Always remember:

  • Stay away from power lines, meters, transformers, and electrical boxes
  • Don’t climb trees near power lines
  • Never fly kits, remote control airplanes, or balloons near power lines
  • If you get something stuck in a power line, call Graham County Electric Co-op to get it
  • Keep a safe distance from overhead power lines when working with ladders or installing objects such as antennas
  • Never touch or go near a downed power line
  • Don’t touch anything that may be touching a downed wire, such as a car
  • Keep children and pets away

Power Line Hazards & Cars

  • power pole on carIf a power line falls on a car, you should stay inside the vehicle – This is the safest place to stay
  • Warn people not to touch the car or the line
  • Call or ask someone to call Graham County Electric Cooperative and emergency services
  • The only circumstance in which you should consider leaving a car that is in contact with a downed power line is if the vehicle catches on fire
  • Open the door – Do not step out of the car – You may receive a shock – Instead, jump free of the car so that your body clears the vehicle before touching the ground
  • Once you clear the car, shuffle at least 50 feet away, with both feet on the ground
  • As in all power line related emergencies, call for help immediately by dialing 911 or call Graham County Electric Cooperative’s Office or after-hours dispatch at (928) 485-2451
  • Do not try to help someone else from the car while you are standing on the ground