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.
- 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.
Visit idahopower.com/safety for more information, including a short video about what to do if a downed power line is on your car.