Downed & Dangerous

If you see a downed power line, move away from it and anything touching it.

Keep a distance of 35 feet. The ground around downed power lines may be energized.

If you are in a car, the first step is to stay put.

Here are some other basic tips for safety:

  • If you see someone in direct or indirect contact with a downed line, do not touch him or her. Call 911 for assistance.
  • Never attempt to move a downed power line or anything else in contact with it using an object such as a broom or stick.
  • If your vehicle comes in contact with a downed power line while you’re in the vehicle, stay inside the car. Call 911 or honk your horn to get help. Tell bystanders to stay away from the vehicle.
  • If you must exit the vehicle for life-threatening reasons, such as if the car has caught on fire — jump out and clear from it, making sure to land with your feet together. Do not touch the car and the ground at the same time. Shuffle away with your feet touching until you reach a safe distance.

Remember to stay away from downed power lines and trees that may be resting on or near the lines. Be safe! 

Ways to report an outage:

(Reminder – outages cannot be reported on Facebook)