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Live power line safety: What to do if you come across downed wires

Published: Tuesday, May 28, 2019 @ 7:06 AM
Updated: Monday, December 30, 2019 @ 5:20 AM

Edison Electric Institute has presented Dayton Power and Light with an award for its help in restoring power in the Southeast following Hurricane Matthew in October. In this file photo, crews from DP&L work on lines to restore power on Spinning Road in 2014. MARSHALL GORBY / STAFF
Staff Writer
Edison Electric Institute has presented Dayton Power and Light with an award for its help in restoring power in the Southeast following Hurricane Matthew in October. In this file photo, crews from DP&L work on lines to restore power on Spinning Road in 2014. MARSHALL GORBY / STAFF(Staff Writer)

As high winds sweep through the area Monday morning thousands are without power.

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If you do come across downed lines, this is what you need to know, according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International.

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Always assume downed power lines are live. Downed lines can be deadly, and avoid approaching them.

Use precaution

  • Downed power lines can energize the ground up to 30 feet away and even more in wet conditions
  • Never drive over downed power lines or water that is in contact with them
  • Never try to move a downed power line

If a vehicle is in contact with a downed power line or utility pole

  • Stay in place or inside your vehicle unless you see fire or smoke
  • Warn others to stay at least 35 feet away
  • Call 911

In the event of fire or smoke

  • Do not touch the ground and vehicle at the same time
  • Jump from the vehicle with your feet together
  • Shuffle away, avoiding lifting your feet
According to Dayton Power & Light, report a downed line online or by caling 877-4OUTAGE.