Stay safe around downed wires

Snowfall is often accompanied by an increase in calls to 911 for reports of downed wires in neighborhoods. When possible, stay home and avoid avoid travel on icy roads during these winter weather events. However, if you do see a downed wire, be sure to follow these tips:

Always assume a downed power line is energized, resulting in possible electrocution.

If you collide with a light pole:

  • Call 911 to report your location.
  • Warn others of the danger and to stay away from your vehicle.
  • If wires have fallen on your car, stay in your vehicle. The wires could be energized, causing electrocution if you exit. Wait until firefighters arrive; they will let you know when it’s safe to exit the vehicle.
  • If you MUST exit the vehicle because of fire or other danger: (1) JUMP away from the vehicle; (2) LAND with both feet together; (3) SHUFFLE away. Take short steps and keep your feet in contact with each other and the ground constantly until you’re at least 35-feet away.

If you see a downed wire:

  • Call 911 to report the location.
  • If you have caution tape on hand, block the area so others see the danger. Do not get any closer than 35-feet to the downed wire or touch it with any object.