Downed Power Line Safety

Severe weather, such as high winds and heavy snow, can weigh down power lines and cause them to fall. Follow these measures to stay safe if you encounter a live wire (a wire that has energy running through it) in the street or anywhere other than the poles they must hang from. Find details about Idaho’s overhead power line safety laws.

General Safety Measures

  • Always assume any downed power line is energized. Stay clear, keep others away and contact Idaho Power immediately at 208-388-2323 in the Treasure Valley or 1-800-488-6151, or 911.
  • If you come across a downed power line, stay as far away from it as you can — at least 100 feet.
  • Never use any object to move a downed power line.
  • Never remove tree limbs or other objects near or touching a downed line.
  • If someone touches a downed power line, do not touch or try to rescue them. You risk becoming a victim yourself. Call 911 immediately.

If a downed power line falls on your vehicle:

  • Stay inside until help arrives.
  • Warn others not to touch the vehicle and ask them to call for help.
  • If you must leave the vehicle because of fire or other life-threatening situations, jump out and as far away as possible with both feet landing on the ground at the same time. Keeping your feet together, shuffle away from the scene. DO NOT touch the vehicle and the ground at the same time.
  • Look Up. Look Around. Be Safe

Utility Emergency First Responder Online Training

Responding to Utility Emergencies (RTUE) is a learning tool for emergency responders. Through this brief course, emergency responders will learn how to recognize potential hazards involving electricity and address necessary guidelines that help assure the safety of responders and the public.

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