Spotting Safety Hazards

Spotting Safety Hazards

Safety is everyone's job! PGEC's electric distribution system covers over 1,300 miles of power line, with approximately 33,000 utility poles, over 11,900 meters and numerous transformers, and other equipment. As a PGEC member, you can provide a valuable service to your cooperative by observing and reporting hazardous conditions which may threaten electric service reliability or endanger public safety.

Following are some of the conditions you should report to us immediately by calling (804) 834-2424 24/7:

  • Downed or low hanging power lines
  • Kites or balloons entangled in power lines
  • Broken insulators
  • Broken power poles or dangerously leaning poles
  • Antennas near power lines
  • Dead or leaning trees close to power lines
  • Vandalized equipment
  • Cut wire or broken locks at electrical substations
  • Unlocked underground electrical cabinets
  • Anyone climbing utility poles or substation fences

Meter tampering is a serious crime that poses a lethal risk to public safety and inflates electric rates. Signs of meter tampering to watch for include a cut or missing meter seal, meter turned upside down, lights on in building with a meter missing from the base, and jumpers in the meter socket. Keep in mind when you call - we are more interested in the information you can provide than your name!