Category: Safety

Use Caution with Fourth of July Fireworks

What would the Fourth of July be without cookouts, baseball games, and pyrotechnic displays in the night sky? But it’s easy to forget that fireworks are dangerous explosives, and carelessness could have deadly consequences. Every year, thousands of people are injured by fireworks—8,600 in 2010 alone, according to the U.S.… Read More»

Hurricane Safety

Advancements in technology warn us of coming storms days in advance, but don’t wait until a hurricane forms to start preparing. Hurricane season begins June 1 and ends Nov. 30 and, when these disasters strike, they pose serious threats to North Carolinians. True preparation for hurricane season starts now. Follow… Read More»

Please Be Aware of This Scam!

Piedmont EMC is warning the community about fraudulent phone calls being made as an attempt to trick people out of their money. Some cooperative members have received a call stating that their electric meter is running slow and needs to be replaced. They will tell you that in order to… Read More»

The Smart Way to Use Space Heaters

Space heaters, including electric models and those powered by kerosene, are a convenient source of warmth during winter months, especially if there’s a power outage, but they can be dangerous if not used properly. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC ), in a recent year, there were… Read More»

Online Outage Information Available

Click this link to view Piedmont Electric’s online Outage Mapping feature http://outageviewer.pemc.org:88/ . This link is posted on our website’s home page on the left side under the Live Outage Reporting area. Piedmont Electric strives to keep you informed and “connected” in the event of severe weather, outage, or emergency.

Generator Safety

Portable generators are a good source of alternate power if an outage occurs, but they should only be used in emergency situations. If a generator is improperly installed or improperly operated it can be deadly. If your emergency situation requires that a generator be connected to your home, have a… Read More»

Multi-State Scam Claims Obama Will Pay Your Utility Bill

Members are warned that a new scheme claiming the President Obama will pay your utility bills is spreading across the country. The pitch claims that funds released by the Obama administration are available to help pay utility bills and attempts to collect social security numbers and bank account information. Although… Read More»

Electricity Safety Message

No member of the public should ever attempt to climb a utility pole, tower, play around a pad mounted transformer or enter into a fenced substation. Electricity is a powerful friend but it must be treated with respect. Click link to learn more about electricity safety. http://www.pemc.coop/youthZone/keepKidsSafe.aspx

PEMC Asks Members to Help Prevent Copper Theft

Copper theft is on the rise. If you notice anything unusual around our substations, equipment or distribution poles please call Piedmont Electric at 800.222.3107. CopperTheftRelease