If spring sends you into remodeling mode, check with professionals before you head to the nearest hardware store. While home improvement projects can be very satisfying to complete, they pose risks when it comes to electricity. Contact CEMC for the correct procedures before tackling any electrical project. For outside projects, first check the area where you will be working. Identify potential hazards. Always look up for power lines, and avoid using long poles or ladders within 10 feet of overhead wires.

Will your project involve any digging? To find out where utility lines run on your property, dial 811 or  1-800-351-1111 a few days prior to digging. Never assume the location or depth of underground utility lines. There’s no need: the 811 service is free, prevents the inconvenience of having utilities interrupted, and can help you avoid serious injury. For more information about local services, visit

Electricity does a tremendous amount of work for us. However, because it is such a powerful force, we must be careful with it. Electricity always takes the shortest way to the ground. It will go through wire, metal, wet objects... or you. It's invisible, but very real, so treat it with respect. Each year people are injured or killed by electricity. The reason is almost always faulty appliances and tools, carelessness, or lack of knowledge about how electricity works.

- Never touch or go near fallen wires, even if you think they are safe.
- Don't raise any tall objects without looking up.
- Call us before you trim any trees near power lines.
- Avoid planting trees under power lines.
- Never fly kites or model airplanes near power lines.
- If a kite, or any other object, is caught in a line or nearby tree,
leave it alone.


- Remember that electricity and water don't mix.
- Keep appliances, especially hair dryers, away from bathtubs, puddles, sinks and wet hands.
- Never put metal objects in live parts of appliances or in outlets.
- If an appliance overheats, unplug it and have it checked.
- Use only electrical equipment that is approved by a recognized testing laboratory, such as
Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
- Use extension cords sparingly. Too many appliances plugged into one cord causes overheating.
- Check electrical cords for worn spots or frayed wires. Don't try to mend them, replace them.

Generator Safety: While CEMC is committed to providing safe and reliable power, outages do happen.  While most outages are restored quickly, weather and other factors can affect how quickly your power may be restored.  Generators are commonly used during these times to power crucial items such as heating/cooling, and refrigeration.  However, if improperly installed or operated, generators can be deadly to you, your neighbors and those working to restore your power. More Information

Why Tree Trimming is Important: We can all recognize the benefits trees add to our communities. Not only do they provide beauty to our landscapes, they also help clear pollutants from the air, provide shade from the sun and provide homes for birds and other wildlife. However, these same trees can be a major challenge for CEMC.

Trees and/or limbs that fall or come into contact with power lines is one of the most common causes of power outages. Many outages are directly caused by trees that have either grown up into power lines, or by trees that have been planted too close to power lines. Not only can they cause power outages, trees that come into contact with electrical lines also have the potential to become energized, therefore posing a dangerous safety hazard. More Information

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