Energy Safety

Electrical Safety

All electric lines, transformers, sub-stations and other equipment should be treated as “live” and extremely dangerous. Do not let children play where they may be injured.

Keep these life-saving tips in mind:

Underground Lines
Call before you dig. If you hit an underground line, you could be seriously injured. By law, you could also be liable for damages. Before digging or moving earth, call 811, the local one-call utility locating service to locate all underground utility lines.

Tree Safety
Work and play safely around trees. Contact Pee Dee Electric before pruning, trimming, or cutting down trees that are near overhead lines. Don’t let children climb trees that are near overhead lines.

High-Voltage Towers
Stay clear. Never touch or climb on these towers. Overhead wires and other tower equipment carry very high-voltage electricity.

Overhead Lines
Keep your distance! When carrying and using ladders and other long tools, make sure to keep them at least 10 feet away from all overhead lines-including the line from the power pole to your home.

Stay out. Tell children that if a ball or toy gets into a substation they should tell an adult to call  Pee Dee Electric. Never try to retrieve the toy yourself.

Kites and Balloons
Fly them away from power lines. If they contact power lines, it could cause shock or fire. Play it safe and keep them away from overhead lines.

Pad-Mounted Transformers
Don’t dig near them or try to open them. Transformers are contained inside sturdy metal cabinets that are locked for safety. Never sit on or near them. If you find one that’s unlocked, call Pee Dee Electric Cooperative immediately.

Generator Safety
Using a generator can be very useful, but also very dangerous. When connecting a generator to a main electrical supply, a professional is needed.

Important safety precautions when using a portable generator:

  • Read all instructions carefully and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Never run your generator indoors or in your garage. Generators should only be run in a well-ventilated area.
  • Plug appliances directly into the generator using heavy duty, properly grounded, extension cords.
  • Make sure extension cords are not frayed or worn
  • Limit the electrical load placed on the generator to no more than the recommended wattage.
  • Do not connect generator directly to your home’s main fuse box or circuit panel.
  • Use the generator only when necessary.
  • Turn the generator off while you sleep and when you are away from home.

If you have any questions about how to properly use a portable electric generator, contact the manufacturer or a licensed electrician for assistance.

Proper Generator Connection Vital

Typical Double Pole, Double Throw Transfer Switch Installation for 120/240 V, Single-Phase Service

If you are a licensed electrician, the only acceptable way of connecting a generator to your home’s electric system is through a double-pole, double-throw transfer switch.

This switch disconnects your electric system from Pee Dee Electric’s power lines and will:

  • Eliminate the possibility of allowing your generator to send electricity onto the cooperative’s line, which is extremely dangerous and potentially deadly for our linemen who are working on a line that is supposed to be de-energized.
  • Eliminate the possibility of allowing restored power from Pee Dee Electric to destroy an improperly connected generator.

Meters and Equipment
It is important to provide access to Pee Dee Electric’s men and equipment. If you enclose an underground service transformer or a power pole with a fence or shrubbery, you must leave a ten-foot opening to allow for equipment repairs. Your meter must be accessible as well. All plantings must be at least four feet from transformers, poles and meters. Remember when you plant to allow for the mature size of the planting.

Home emergencies and repairs can require meters to be disconnected. Call the Pee Dee Electric office to have your service interrupted by a trained professional. Unauthorized meter tampering is against South Carolina law.

For more information, please contact us.