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Following damaging storms, keep in mind the potentially deadly threat of downed electric wires and other safety hazards.

If you see a downed power line, consider it energized and dangerous. Stay clear and call us immediately at 1-877-434-4100. You may also want to contact local police to divert traffic until our crew arrives.

Here are additional tips to help you stay safe — and alive — when it comes to downed power lines.

  • Maintain a distance of at least 50 feet from downed wires Downed power lines in the street and anything they are in contact with, including puddles of water and fences. After a storm, be especially wary around metal fences.
  • Keep your children inside and your pets on a leash.
  • Don't drive over downed power lines. Even if they're not energized, the lines could get entangled in your vehicle, causing further damage.
  • If a fallen wire is draped over a car, do not approach the car and make rescue attempts. Remain a safe distance away, try to keep the occupant of the vehicle calm, and wait for emergency personnel to handle the situation.
  • If you're in a situation where power lines are touching your car, do not get out of your car unless it's on fire. It's best to wait for an emergency response professional to help you. If you must get out of your car because of fire or another immediate life threatening situation, use extreme caution. Leap far and free of the vehicle, with no part of your body or clothing touching the vehicle and the ground at the same time. Then shuffle away from the car, keeping both feet close together to minimize the path of electric current and avoid electric shock.