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Avoid Wet-Weather Electrical Hazards
December 2020 – Everyone's resources have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. You can help prevent locate delays by pre-marking your proposed dig area in white and notifying 811 of your planned excavation with as much lead time as is possible in your state. To learn more about Duke Energy's response to COVID-19, click here.

During this rainy season, follow these tips to protect yourself and your coworkers from wet-weather electrical hazards.

Stay Away from Downed Wires

Stormy weather can cause electrical wires to fall. Always assume any downed wire is energized and dangerous, and stay far away! Do not drive over a downed wire, and do not touch the wire or anything in contact with it – including water. Call 911 and tell the operator it’s an electrical emergency.

Downed Power Lines

Never touch downed wires or anything in contact with them. Assume they are energized and dangerous.

Order a complimentary worker safety training kit on the Duke e-SMARTworkers website.

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Learn How to React If a Wire Falls on Your Car

If a wire comes down on or near your car, call 911 and stay inside until utility workers tell you to exit. Warn bystanders to stay far away – anyone who touches the car or even comes close to it could be severely injured or even killed.

If you must get out due to fire or other danger, use a car door that is free of anything in contact with the ground (such as a tree or fire hydrant) and take these steps:


Jump clear without touching the car and the ground at the same time. Be careful not to fall back against the car.


Avoid any wires on the ground.


Land with your feet together and shuffle away with small steps, keeping your feet close together and on the ground at all times.

Don’t Mix Water and Electricity

Water conducts electricity, so keep your power tools dry and use them in a dry location. If you must work in wet conditions, use tools and extension cords that are suitable for outdoor use and plug them into ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) for shock protection.

Would You Like to Know More?

Additional digging and overhead guidelines, case studies, instructional videos, training tools and safety tips can all be found, at no charge to you, on Duke Energy's e-SMARTworkers website.

In an Electrical Emergency, Call 911 and Duke Energy Immediately at:
Duke Energy Progress:
Dig Safely

Most state laws require at least two to three full working days' notice. Call 811 or use the online ticket system in your state at:

North Carolina: nc811.org
South Carolina: sc811.com
Florida: sunshine811.com
Indiana: indiana811.org
Kentucky: kentucky811.org
Ohio: ohio811.org
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For more contractor safety information, visit duke-energy.com.