PECO Tips of the Trade
Four Steps for Safe Demolition

811. Know what's below. Call before you dig.

In case of emergency, call PECO at 800-841-4141.

In PA a minimum of 10 working days is required prior to the demolition date.


1. Call PECO
Whether you will be performing complete or partial demolition or deconstruction, you must notify PECO first. PECO will make the appropriate safety arrangements for electric and natural gas meters and service on your job site. Please observe the notification and completion timeframes as noted on the left.

2. Call 811 Before You Dig
If the job involves digging or moving earth in any way—such as removing footings, foundations, or tree stumps—be sure to call 811 at least two working days before you begin. Some states require a longer notification period. They will arrange for underground utility lines to be located and marked, so you can dig a safe distance away.

3. Conduct a Visual Site Survey
Before work begins, conduct a visual inspection of the structure and the surrounding property:

  • Confirm all utility disconnects. If utility disconnects are required, double check to make sure the electric and natural gas meters and the electric service drop wire have been removed from the structure. Also confirm that the gas service has been disconnected from the gas source.
  • Look for power lines, poles, guy wires, and pad-mounted equipment remaining on or near the job site. Assume all power lines are energized, and mark a safety boundary to keep people, tools, and vehicles at least 10 feet away from them.

4. Review Your Emergency Plan Before Work Begins
Make sure everyone at the job site knows what to do in case of an unforeseen electric or natural gas utility contact. This is especially important for partial demolition jobs, where electric or gas service may continue to be supplied to a portion of the property.

Would You Like to Know More?
Additional digging guidelines, case studies, instructional videos, and training tools can all be found, at no charge to you, on PECO’s e-SMARTworkers website.

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