Electrical Connection Damage
Downed power lines are one of the most dangerous situations created by storms. Coming in contact with a sagging or downed power line can cause serious injury or death. If there is a downed power line in your area the best thing you can do is to stay away from it, call 911 and your local power company.
If there is a downed power line in your yard, create a barrier using a rope, or yellow caution tape. Make sure to rope off at least 30 feet in every direction around the power line. When dealing with downed power lines, the following electrical safety tips will help keep you safe:
- Stay away from downed power lines.
- Call 911 and your local power company immediately
- Always assume electricity is running through, even in a power outage
- Do not touch the line for any reason
- Never touch any person in contact with a power source. Don’t become a victim while trying to help others. Instead, call 911.
- Never try to move a downed power line
- Never walk or drive under a sagging or downed power line
- Avoid anything touching a power line, including tree branches, metal fencing vehicles, or other debris. Even rubber gloves won’t protect you.
- If a power line falls in water, avoid the body of water altogether
- If a power line falls on your car, and you are inside, stay calm and remain inside your car and call 911. Do not touch any metal inside the car and do not get out of the car until instructed by authorities.