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Be safe with electricity in your home

Call before you dig

  • If you’re planning a project that requires digging, state law requires you to call Pennsylvania One Call at 8-1-1 at least three business days before you dig. We’ll mark the location of any underground wires to help keep you safe.
  • This service is free to homeowners. So whether you’re doing landscaping, installing an invisible pet fence or taking on a similar project, don’t guess — play it safe and call.

Look up and be aware of your surroundings

  • Contacting an overhead wire with your body or a conductive object like ladders, poles or roofing materials can cause serious injury or death. Accidents can happen even without contact.
  • Know where power lines are at all times.
  • Envision potential hazards before you begin work.
  • Maintain a safe distance of at least 10 feet. Greater distances are required for higher voltage transmission lines carrying more than 50,000 volts.
  • Assume every overhead wire is energized. Stay clear of any vehicle or equipment in motion near a power line.

Downed wires

  • Stay clear and assume the power line is energized.
  • Keep people and pets away from the area around the downed power lines or any equipment in contact with a wire. Tree limbs, objects, the ground and even people can carry a current that can cause serious or fatal injuries.
  • Do not try to move or touch an injured person on or near a downed wire. Call us immediately at 1-800-DIAL-PPL (press “1,” then “3,” for emergency).