O&R: Treat all Downed Power Lines as Dangerous

As the recovery continues from Friday’s destructive nor’easter, O&R urges the public to treat all fallen power lines as energized and dangerous.


O&R is restoring power to the remaining 7,500 of the 95,000 customers whose power was knocked out by that powerful storm. 


For safety’s sake, don’t touch any downed wires with your hand or an object such as a stick, broom or pole. And, avoid touching anything, such as a car, object or equipment, or anyone who is in contact with a fallen power line. Also, avoid driving over a downed power line.


Maintain a distance of at least 50 feet from downed wires and anything they are in contact with including puddles of water and fences. Supervise your children so that they are not in the vicinity and keep pets on a leash.


If a fallen wire is draped over a car, do not approach the car and make reckless rescue attempts. Remain a safe distance away, and try to keep the occupant of the vehicle calm. If possible, emergency personnel should handle the situation.


Call O&R immediately at 1-877-434-4100. Depending on the situation, you may also want to call your local police to divert traffic until the crew arrives.


Additional information is available on O&R’s Storm Center at www.oru.com.