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Downed Power Line Safety


Do you know how to protect yourself if you encounter a downed power line? Power lines can be extremely dangerous and you should assume every line from a power pole is energized. Here is a video on what to do if you run into a downed power line while in your car:

Remeber if you are in your car:

  • Don't run over a power line

  • Stay inside your car if possible. Avoid touching the ground around the car as it may be energized.

  • If you have to leave the car jump away from the car and land with both feet at the same time while not touching the car.

  • While walking away from a downed power line, avoid walking in large strides. Shuffle away to at least 35 feet.

If you see a downed power line:

  • Don't touch a fallen power line or anything touching the wire.

  • Do not touch anything or anyone in contact with a fallen power line or other equipment.

  • Keep children and pets away from fallen electric wires.

  • Do not drive over a fallen power line.

  • Call 911 immediately to report a fallen power line.


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