Accidentally contacting a power line can be dangerous and in some cases, even deadly. We want to make sure you know what to do in potentially dangerous situations.
Whether you are playing outdoors with your children or working on landscaping projects, keep a safe distance from power lines and other equipment your co-op uses to get electricity to your home. If you see a downed power line, move away from it and anything touching it. Keep a distance of 35 feet, as the ground around downed power lines may be energized. Assume all power lines are live.
Always remember to:
Accidents happen but especially during winter months with adverse road conditions. Would you know what to do if your car crashed into an electric utility pole? Knowing what to do could be the difference between life and death.
If a powerline falls on your vehicle and there is no fire:
Your safest option is to stay inside your vehicle until help arrives. The vehicle acts as a path for the electrical current to travel to reach the ground. You are safe inside the vehicle, but if you get out, you could be electrocuted.
If a powerline falls on your vehicle and there is a fire:
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