Power lines are all around us, whether on public land or running into our homes. These lines carry high voltages of electricity and are extremely dangerous – coming in contact with them can cause severe injury or death.
But there are times when inclement weather, high winds, fallen trees, construction, or vehicle collisions can down power lines.
It’s important to know what to do in these situations.
When children are old enough, it’s a good idea for parents to teach them about electrical safety and what to do if they encounter downed power lines.
In the event of a traffic collision or other incident that causes power lines to fall on your car, you should stay in your vehicle if you can do so safely. Call 911 and wait for the electricity to be shutdown so emergency personnel can help you out. Tell people outside to keep clear of the car as the electricity can arc if they get too close.
If there is smoke or fire and it is not safe for you to stay in the vehicle, you will need to get out. However, the car acts a conductor and if you step on the ground while you’re still in contact with the car, electricity can flow through your body. Here is how to exit the car: