Winter Weather Can Damage Power Lines. Here’s How to Stay Safe

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.

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.

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

Maria Willacy
Communications Specialist