Electric Safety


Holiday safety Tips

  • It is important to turn off all electrical light strings and decorations before leaving home or going to bed.
  • Anything that is installed outdoors that needs power must be GFCI protection via a cord, plug outlet or breaker.
  • Do not overload plug outlets with lots of cords and lights. Doing so can cause the plug outlet to overheat and possibly case a fire.
  • When using ladders to install lights. ALWAYS LOOK UP FIRST. Make sure no power lines are overhead of you. 
  • Keep extension cords to a minimum. Keep the cords out of the walkways so people will not trip over them.
  • Only use outdoor rated lights when outdoors. (See all the time indoor lighting used in outdoor applications).  Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Whether artificial or freshly cut, a tree should be kept a safe distance away from all sources of heat. Also, make sure the tree doesn't block any exists.


Safety Tips for Children

  • Never touch electrical outlets with your fingers or with objects.
  • Never play with electrical cords, wires or switches.
  • If you're in the bathtub, shower, or standing on a wet floor never touch anything electrical like a light switch or hairdryer.
  • When playing outdoors never play around electrical wires or equipment.
  • Stay away from areas marked DANGER: HIGH VOLTAGE.
  • Never climb utility poles, transmission towers or fences around substations.
  • Climb trees that are far away from power lines. Learn to look up to check for power lines before climbing trees.
  • Never throw objects at wires or utility poles.
  • If you like to fly kites, remember to fly them only in dry weather and in open spaces, away from power lines; never use wire or metal in a kite and if your kite gets caught in a power line, leave it there and call your electric utility.


indoor Safety Tips

  • Guard against electrical shocks by installing ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) in bathroom outlets and other similar areas.
  • Never place electrical appliances on a tub or sink.
  • Don’t use a plugged in appliance, like a hair dryer, when standing on a damp floor or in a wet bathtub or shower.
  • If a plugged in appliance falls into water, DO NOT reach in to get it out. Turn off electricity at circuit breaker or fuse box before unplugging.
  • Don’t overload an outlet or circuit in your home, such as with Christmas lights
  • Unplug appliances before working on them.
  • Use only electrical cords in good condition, don’t run them under rugs or furniture, and DO NOT staple or nail them in place.
  • Instruct children not to play with or plug anything into an electrical outlet.
  • Use plastic outlet caps on unused outlets.


outdoor safety tips

  • Stay away from downed power lines—Keep everyone away and call the emergency number on your electric bill or 911.
  • If you are involved in a vehicle accident and a power line falls across your vehicle, stay put until help arrives. Your tires provide important insulation from the ground.
  • Don’t touch an object that is in contact with power lines; including tree limbs. Remember tree limbs can conduct electricity.
  • Watch the weather. If it’s rainy or windy, save the outdoor work until another day. Accidents are more likely to happen during stormy weather.
  • Don’t tempt fate…or lightning—Stay indoors or seek shelter during storms.
  • Keep an eye on the sky. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning. Find shelter immediately.
  • Find shelter in a building or car. Keep car windows closed.
  • Telephone lines and metal pipes can conduct electricity. Unplug appliances. Avoid using the telephone or other electrical appliances.

Before construction, excavation or digging is done on your premises, call 811 to have underground utility lines located and marked. 

George W. Clay, Jr. Utility Operations Center
PO Box 207, Shelby, NC 28151-0207 (Mailing)

824 W Grover Street, Shelby, NC 28150 (Shipping)

Phone: 704-484-6840 * Fax: 704-484-6808
Office Hours: 7:30 am – 4:00 pm Monday - Friday


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