Safety tips:· Since downed lines can result from a variety of incidents, always be aware of your surroundings, especially during stormy weather or emergency events. · Treat all downed power lines as if they are live, or carrying electric current. Do not touch, approach, or try to remove them. It is especially important to keep children and animals away. If a power line falls across a car that you are in, stay in the car.
If you MUST leave it, jump clear so that no part of your body is touching the car when your feet touch the ground.
Keeping your feet close together, shuffle or hop until you are at least 30 feet away.
If someone is injured as a result of electric contact do not try to assist him or her.
You could be injured or killed. Dial 911 and wait for assistance and keep others away from the injured person too.
If you come across a downed line always park away from it, never close to it.
Do not lean on fences, walls or other objects that may have come in contact with an energized power line.