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Do you know what to do near a downed power line?

Downed power lines are hazardous, even deadly. What to do near a downed power line. 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.

Share this article with a friend to keep them safe should they encounter a down power line. 

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About John's Electric

Linn Park Fountain, Birmingham, AL

John's Electric Inc. is a family owned and operated electrical contractor business that proudly provides electrician services in Birmingham, AL and the surrounding areas such as Hoover, Homewood, Chelsea, Vestavia Hills, Pelham, Alabaster, Trussville, and Mountain Brook. John's Electric provides residential and commercial electrical solutions at competitive rates. We have been in this line of work for 30 years, giving us not only experience but expertise as well. You can depend on us. We are a state licensed electrician (#03875) for your protection.

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