Albemarle EMC operates power lines with voltages as high as
35,000 volts. This is almost 300 times higher than the voltage
in your outlets. When we work with these high-voltage lines,
our number one concern is safety. We are surrounded by
electricity in our homes and offices every day. Safety must be a
concern because, regardless of the voltage, electricity can be
- Always call Albemarle EMC before digging.
- Be careful using a ladder, pool skimmer or any long object. You may come in contact with overhead lines.
- Look before you climb any tree to be sure no wires run through or near it. You could be electrocuted if branches come in contact with the wire.
- Keep electrical appliances away from any water such as rain, wet ground, swimming pools, sprinklers and hoses.
- Be alert for bent plugs and frayed cords on electrical appliances and fixtures. Have them replaced if they are damaged.
- Fly your kite away from power lines and substations.
- Never put your finger or anything other than an electrical plug in an outlet.
- Pull by the plug not the cord when unplugging an appliance.
- Don't overload outlets.
We all know that our area is prone to severe thunderstorms and
hurricanes. Whenever such a storm arises, please follow these helpful
- Keep away from windows and open doors.
- Don't use electrical appliances or the telephone. Lightning can follow the wires into your home.
- Stay out of the water. Never go swimming or boating during a lightning storm. If you're in the water, get out as quickly as possible. Lightning can follow metal plumbing pipes, so avoid the shower or bathtub during a lightning storm.
- Avoid trees, poles and other tall objects. Avoid large metal objects. These things are targets for lightning.
- Go to low ground and crouch down low if you're caught outdoors.
- Keep a flashlight, battery-powered radio and batteries on hand in the event of an electric outage.