Avoid downed power lines
Posted on April 29, 2015 4/29/15
Spring weather often brings tornados and severe storms. While transmission lines can withstand severe weather, the potential exists for storm damage, including downed power lines. Here are a few safety tips if you should encounter a downed power line.
- If you see a downed line, always assume it is live. You cannot tell if it is energized just by looking at it.
- Move away from it and anything touching it with shuffling, small steps. Keep your feet together and on the ground at all times to minimize the potential for a shock.
- Do not attempt to move a downed power line or anything else in contact with it by using an object such as a broom or stick.
- Do not touch or step in water near where a downed power line is located.
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