Severe weather, such as high winds and heavy snow, can cause power lines to fall. So can a car accident involving a power pole. Follow these measures to stay safe if you encounter a downed power line — and always assume it has energy running through it.
General Safety Measures
- 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 a 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. Watch the video below for a demonstration.
First Responder Online Training
Responding to Utility Emergencies is a brief online course that teaches emergency responders to recognize potential hazards involving electricity and how to ensure the safety of responders and the public.