SWPPD Blog

 

Apr07

Spring storms can bring down power lines

            It’s not every day that a power line in your neighborhood falls to the ground. So most of us have very little experience when it comes to dealing with one when it does.

            The best thing to do if you see a fallen electrical line: Stay far, far away from it.

            A downed line can energize the ground as far away as 35 feet—and even farther when the ground is wet.

            So never drive over one, pick it up or move it. Instead, call 911 and keep others away until the professionals arrive.

            Any downed line could be live, which means it’s dangerous. Steer clear of it—and teach your children to do the same.