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Downed and Dangerous

 Downed and Dangerous

Downed power lines can be deadly. ALWAYS assume a downed power line is live and avoid going near it and anything in contact with it.

Use Caution

  • Downed power lines can energize the ground up to 35 feet away.
  • If you see a downed power line, immediately notify local authorities.
  • Never drive over downed power lines or through water that is in contact with them.
  • Never try to move a downed power line. Even using items that typically are not conductive will not protect you from injury or death.

Know What To Do

  • The safe way to move away from a downed power line is to shuffle away with small steps, keeping your feet together and on the ground at all times.
  • If your car comes in contact with a downed power line while you are inside, stay in the car. Do not touch any part of the car’s frame or any other metal. Use a cellphone or honk your horn to summon help. Allow only rescue personnel to approach the car.

If your car is in contact with a downed power line and you must exit due to fire or another imminent threat:

  • Do not touch your vehicle and the ground at the same time with any part of your body or clothing.
  • Open the door to your vehicle without touching the metal door frame.
  • Jump out of the vehicle with both feet together and such that both feet land at the same time.
  • Shuffle away keeping both feet close together and always touching the ground.
  • If someone comes in contact with a downed power line or something else that has become electrified, call 911 immediately.
  • Never touch someone who has come in contact with a power line. They are energized and pose a danger to anyone who comes in contact with them.

Remember, power lines don’t have to fall to be dangerous. Always call 811 before digging and keep yourself and your equipment at least 10 feet from overhead lines.