Safety Tips Around Downed Power Lines

What do you do around a downed power line? Doing the right things can help save your life and the lives of others.

Severe storms and tornadoes can bring high winds to knock down trees, branches and power lines. High voltage power lines carry power from plants to homes. The power lines are not insulated, so touching one can cause severe injury or death.

If you come across a downed line stay far away, at least 25 feet. Also, be aware of anything else the line is touching. It can be charged and dangerous, too.

Leave the area immediately and call Consumers Energy at (800) 477-5050

Just because the line is down and not sparking does not mean that isn’t live and dangerous. Assume that all downed power lines are live and extremely dangerous.

The current from a downed line can travel through any conductive material as well as water. This means a dangerous shock could travel to you through the materials or water.

Being in a car is safer than being on foot, but that does not mean you are totally safe from harm. If a wire falls on your car, stay in the car, do not touch anything and call and wait for help.

If a wire is crossing a road or driveway, do not attempt to move the wire or cross over it.

If you come across another car touching a downed power line, stay away because it could retain a charge.

Even sagging or broken wires can still be deadly. Do not touch anything the line is touching including water, trees, debris or fences.

When you find a downed power line stay away and call Consumers Energy to address and repair the line at (800) 477-5050

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