Disasters of all types can cause power lines to fall to the
ground causing a potentially
deadly hazard. Consider the following:
- Never touch, move, or go near any kind of downed or
hanging line, even if it looks harmless. Getting near it
could cause a severe injury or even death.
- Do not put your feet into a flooded street or even a
puddle where a downed line is lying. In some instances, wet
or snow-covered ground can conduct electricity.
- Do not try to move tree limbs that are on or near power
line. Anything touching a downed line may be
- Immediately report a downed line to your local utility
company’s emergency center
and also call the police.
- If you see someone who has been shocked and is in
contact with a downed power line, do not try to touch the
person. Efforts to move an electric shock victim could make
you a second victim.
- If a power line falls on a car, you should stay inside
the vehicle. This is the safest place to stay under the
circumstances. Honk your horn to alert passersby. Roll down
the window and warn people not to touch the car or the
line. Ask someone to call the police.
- The only circumstance in which you should consider
leaving a car that is in contact with a downed power line
is if the vehicle catches on fire; open the door, but do
not step out. Make sure that you jump completely free of
the vehicle with both feet together to avoid contact with
any live metal and the ground at the same time. Hop as far
away as possible from the vehicle keeping both feet
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