Downed power lines are hazardous, even deadly. You should never touch a downed power line and always assume that the downed line is live.
Remember these guidelines:
Avoid making contact with the downed power line.
- These means do not use your hands or any other object, even a wooden broom, stick, or pole.
- Do not touch anything or anyone that is in contact with a fallen line, like a car, object, equipment or individual.
- Keep pets and children far away from downed power lines
- Call 911 right away to report the downed line
If a fallen power line comes into contact with your vehicle, here's how to stay safe:
- Stay inside your car. The ground around your car may be energized with electricity.
- Use your cell phone to dial 911, or honk your horn and roll down your window to ask someone to call 911 for you.
- Warn people to stay away, as anyone who touches the ground or equipment around your vehicle could be injured.
- Wait for emergency responders to arrive and let you know it is safe to get out of your vehicle before exiting.
If a fire starts before help arrives:
- Remove loose articles of clothing.
- Keep your hands by your sides and jump away from the vehicle so that you're not touching it when your feet hit the ground.
- Keep your feet close together and shuffle away without picking up your feet.
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