Power lines can be knocked down any number of ways, from winds, ice storms, accidents, etc. Power lines carry electricity strong enough to seriously injure and kill, even if they're not moving, humming, or sparking. Stay away from downed lines. Follow these rules:
- Move away from the line and from anything touching it. Shuffle away: take small steps, keep your feet together and on the ground at all times.
- If someone is in direct or indirect contact with a downed line, DON'T touch them. Call 911.
- DON'T try to move a downed power line or anything in contact with it by using another object such as a branch, stick or broom.
- DON'T drive over downed lines.
- If you're in a car and it's in contact with a power line, stay inside! Honk your horn and ask passersby for help, but tell eveyone to stay away. Call 911 on your cell phone.
If you're doing elevated work, whether it be working on antennas, ladders, or trimming trees, make sure you stay clear of overhead lines. You could be seriously injured or killed if your equipment touches them.
For more info: Safety at PSO/AEP