Downed Power Lines

If You Spot a Downed Power Line

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  • Call BED at 658-0300 and the police (if necessary).
  • Don’t touch downed lines or tree limbs on lines. Even the ground around a downed wire can be electrically charged and deadly.   
  • If you’re in a car, stay there until help arrives. If the car is on fire and you need to get out, do not touch the ground and the car at the same time—the electrical current could pass through your body and electrocute you. Jump as far from the vehicle as you can and then bunny hop or shuffle your feet until you are a safe distance from the car and wire. The key is to keep your feet as close together as possible.