Energy Saving Tips

The following are tips to help you avoid safety hazards, both indoors and outdoors:

Indoor Safety Tips


  • Electrical outlets should not be overloaded. Too many items plugged into one outlet are a fire hazard.
  • Be sure that all electrical outlets have safety covers, especially if children are present.
  • Check your electrical cords regularly for frays, cracks or kinks and replace them immediately if damaged.
  • Look for a certification label from an independent testing lab such as UL (Underwriters Laboratories) or ETL (Electrical Testing Laboratories) on products and packages. For extension cords, look for an attached certification label on the cord near the plug. For power strips and surge protectors, inspect the underside of the casing and make certain that it is marked with the manufacturer’s name and the testing lab.
  • Make sure all wiring in your household is secure and constructed correctly.
  • Check your electrical cords regularly for frays, cracks or kinks and replace them immediately if damaged.
  • When unplugging an appliance, pull by the plug, not the cord.
  • Teach children to respect electricity and remember that water and electricity do not mix.

Outdoor Safety Tips


  • Never climb utility poles or climb trees that grow beneath power lines.
  • Warn your children about the dangers of playing around overhead electric lines, especially when it comes to flying kites, model planes and tree climbing.
  • Never dig in your yard without first calling “Call Before You Dig” at 1-811-632-4949 or 1-800-632-4949. You could possibly strike a buried utility line and injure yourself and others.
  • EnergyUnited recommends that you plant trees at least 20 feet away from overhead lines.
  • Never allow an aluminum television antenna to come in contact with an overhead power line. Have a professional install the antenna.
  • Look up! Some pieces of farm equipment are so tall they may come into contact with electric lines which may cause electrocution.
  • Don’t forget the dangers of moving aluminum ladders. Stay clear of overhead lines.
  • If you see a fallen power line, stay away from it. Call EnergyUnited or 911.
  • If a tree limb or other object falls on an electric line, don’t touch the object or the line. Current can flow through objects that come in contact with power lines. If you touch it, the current can flow through you.
  • If a power line falls on your car during a storm or accident and you are in the vehicle, stay put. Don’t leave the vehicle until a trained crew removes the line.
  • Please call EnergyUnited at 1-800-522-3793 if you perceive an immediate emergency.

Generator Safety Tips


  • Do not connect generators directly to household wiring without an appropriate transfer switch installed. Power from generators connected directly to household wiring can back feed along power lines and electrocute anyone who comes in contact with them, including linemen making repairs.
  • Make sure extension cords used with generators are rated for the load, and are free of cuts, and have three-pronged plugs.
  • Make sure your generator is properly grounded and keep it dry.
  • Do not overload the generator. A portable generator should be used only when necessary, and only to power essential equipment or appliances.
  • Keep children away from portable generators at all times.
  • Turn off all appliances powered by the generator before shutting down the generator.
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EnergyUnited serves more than 124,000 electric customers in central and western North Carolina, making it the second largest supplier of residential electricity in North Carolina. EnergyUnited Propane provides propane service to residential, commercial and industrial customers in 63 North Carolina counties and 11 South Carolina counties. LOCATIONS >>
P.O. Box 1831
Statesville, NC 28687