Safety Tips

Report to Colquitt EMC any potential power line hazards including:

  • Fallen power lines. (Remember always stay away from and electric line on the ground and never touch a person or object in contact with a power line. Call Colquitt EMC immediately).
  • Sagging power lines.
  • Broken or leaning power poles
  • Trees growing into the lines
  • Broken insulators
  • Sparks coming from a main line or transformer
  • Grass fires burning near utility poles.
  • Damaged or unlocked pad-mount transformers (those green boxes marked “Caution: High Voltage” located in some neighborhoods)

Follow these tips if you plan to purchase a power generator:

  • An improperly installed generator has the potential to kill our utility workers and your family, neighbors, livestock or pets. Contact Colquitt EMC before operating a standby generator.
  • Have a licensed electrical contractor install disconnects and transfer switches to generator.
  • Store gasoline in approved containers only.
  • Ensure proper ventilation and airflow around the generator.
  • Keep an approved fire extinguisher near the generator.
  • Properly disconnect from your electric utility service prior to starting generator.
  • Check for exposed wires and frayed shielding when using extension cords.
  • Extinguish all flames or cigarettes before handling gasoline.
  • Keep children away from generators at all times.
  • Never run an electric generator inside a building, especially to an attached dwelling.
  • Never fuel an electric generator when the generator is operating.
  • Never remove or tamper with safety devices; they are there to protect you and your property.
  • Never attempt to repair an electric generator; only qualified servicemen should perform repairs.

Use electricity safely

  • Consider any electrical line dangerous. – Keep all objects (kits, ladders, antennas, etc.) away from power lines.
  • Don’t use electrical appliances, like radios and hair dryers near water.
  • Don’t plug too many things into one outlet.
  • Don’t use light bulbs that exceed fixtures maximum wattage.

Know what’s BELOW, CALL before you dig.

Planning a home improvement job? Planting a tree? Installing a fence or deck? WAIT! Here’s what you need to know first:
Whether you are planning to do it yourself or hire a professional, smart digging means calling 811 before each job. Homeowners often make risky assumptions about whether or not they should get their utility lines marker, but every digging job requires a call – even small project like planting trees and shrubs.