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What To Do When You Encounter a Downed Power Line

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If you see a downed power line, follow these tips to remain safe.

There are many times when electricity can pose a risk, and you have to take extra safety precautions. One of these times is when you come across a downed power line. When this happens, it is best to be prepared and know what to do and what not to do. For your safety, remember these tips from your Maryland electrician at TriStar Electric. 

Downed Power Lines Out and About

If you encounter a downed power line while walking around your neighborhood or somewhere out in public, your first priority is to get away from the power line. Downed lines are a source of strong, highly-volatile power and can cause severe injuries or death. To stay safe:

  1. Don’t touch the line yourself or with anything.
  2. After you move away from the power line, call 911 first, then the utility company.
  3. Remain about 30 feet away and stay close to ensure others are aware of the danger. 

Downed Power Lines On Your Car

If a downed power line contacts your vehicle while you’re inside of it, then you must take a few more particular precautions:

  1. Remain inside your car. This is because the ground around your vehicle may be dangerously charged from the power line.
  2. Contact 911 and then the utility company. If you don’t have a phone, honk your horn and call out for help but let others know not to come too close.
  3. Stay in your car until you are told by an electrical authority that it is safe to leave. 

When a Downed Power Line Damages Your Home Electrical 

If the downed power line damages the electrical in your home, follow the usual precautions of removing yourself from any immediate danger. Then, notify electricians in your area so they can repair your home’s electrical and restore safety. Your power will likely be shut off and stay that way until an electrician can determine that the danger has passed. 

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