Downed power line? This is what to do

Posted at 2:56 PM, Aug 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-29 14:56:19-04

TAMPA, Fla. — Hurricane season brings many hazards along with it, and one of the most dangerous is downed powers lines.

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Remember, never touch them and follow these guidelines:

  • Assume all wires are power lines and assume they are energized.
  • Always assume that a downed power line is energized, and move away to safety.
  • Do not try to touch a downed line with your hand or any objects such as a stick or pole.
  • Avoid touching anything or anyone who is in contact with a fallen power line.
  • Do not drive over a downed power line.
  • Keep children and pets away from fallen electric lines.
  • While some energized wires spark and snap, others may not appear dangerous.
  • Standing water can hide energized power lines or other hazards, or put you at risk of drowning.
  • Call 911 immediately to report a fallen power line.