Safety

Utilities Protection Center

By law, everyone–including homeowners–must contact Georgia 811 by dialing 811 or 1-800-282-7411 at least 48 hours before beginning any mechanized digging on your property. If you are unsure as to whether you should notify Georgia 811 before you break ground, remember, even if your digging project is small, it’s always best to call!
By placing this call it will notify the appropriate utility companies in your area to send out locate technicians to your area of proposed excavation to mark underground utility lines. Excavation includes many things such as planting a tree, digging a hole for your mailbox, installing a pond, basically anything that requires digging. The call to 811 and the service are free and it could protect you from injury and costly repairs should you dig into an underground utility line. For more information visit www.call811.com.

When you call, you should have the following information ready:

If you don’t call the One-Call System, you may have an accident or suffer injuries; cause interruption of services; damage the environment or experience job delays.
When the utilities locate your utility lines, they will be marked with a colored flag. The following is a list of the color code and what it represents.

Red – Electric Power Lines, Cables Conduit and Lighting Cables
Yellow – Gas, Oil, Steam, Petroleum, or Gaseous Materials
Orange – Communication, Alarm or Signal Lines, Cables or Conduit
Blue – Water, Irrigation and Slurry Lines
Green – Sewers and Drain Lines
Pink – Temporary Survey Markings
White – Proposed Excavation

(Tolerance Zone: Width of Underground Facility Plus 24″ on Each Side)

Generator Safety

Generators whether they are standby or portable are convenient to have during extended power outages or when a portable power source is needed. Consumers need to be aware that anytime a generator is used at your location whether it is wired into the fuse/breaker box or connected at the meter location, a double-throw switch is required by law. Such switches protect the lineman working to restore services to keep electricity from back feeding into the power lines, as well as protects the generator.
Georgia law requires that you use a double-throw switch, as required by the National Electric Code (Article 702-6). It is recommended that you use an authorized generator dealer or qualified electrician to ensure your generator and switch are installed correctly. Please notify Amicalola EMC when you install a standby generator. For more information on generator safety, contact the Member Services Department of Amicalola EMC.