Downed Power Lines
Stay far away from downed lines:
Even if they don't hum, spark, or "dance," downed lines can be dangerous.
If you see one, carefully move away from the line and anything it is touching.
Instruct others in the area to do the same.
Call 911 and the electric company to report the line.
Downed lines are most common after storms and high winds. If you are outside
after a storm, be alert for lines that may be obscured by streams or standing
Shuffle, don't run, from a downed line.
The correct technique for moving away from a downed line is to shuffle with
your feet together and on the ground. Fight the urge to run, and warn others
not to run. This is because when a live wire touches the ground, electricity
travels through the ground in all directions. Voltage decreases as it travels
from the center where the live wire is touching the ground. If you run or take
large steps, you increase the chance that electricity could come up one leg
and go out the other, and you could be shocked.
If a line is downed near you, shuffle away with small steps so you don't
get shocked. Warn others to do the same.
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