Electrical Public Safety at American Electric Power - Underground Line Safety

Jul 25, 2011 3:00 PM ET

Know What's Below - Call 811 Before You Dig!

Know what’s below. Call 811 before you dig. Did you know that a simple job like planting a tree in your yard can jeopardize your safety? Many energized power and utility lines are buried just a few feet under the ground. Digging, trenching or excavating without knowing where utility lines are buried could be costly... and fatal. Before you dig, protect yourself and call 811 to have the area marked for utility lines. Reading this factsheet will help to keep you safe around underground power lines.


ABOUT AEP - American Electric Power AEP ranks among the nation's largest generators of electricity, owning nearly 38,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S.  AEP also owns the nation's largest electricity transmission system, a nearly 39,000-mile network that includes more 765 kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined.   AEP's utility units operate as AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia, West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas).