This Might Shock You…
Would you know what to do if your car came into contact with a downed power line? Or if you arrived at the scene of an accident that involved a power line?
This helpful video from Puget Sound Energy has some critical information that might surprise you when it comes to dealing with the hazards of downed power lines.
And here are some rules to live by from OSHA:
Never go near a downed or fallen electric power line. Always assume that it is energized. Touching it could be fatal.
Electricity can spread outward through the ground in a circular shape from the point of contact. As you move away from the center, large differences in voltages can be created.
Never drive over downed power lines. Assume that they are energized. And, even if they are not, downed lines can become entangled in your equipment or vehicle.
If contact is made with an energized power line while you are in a vehicle, remain calm and do not get out unless the vehicle is on fire. If possible, call for help.
If you must exit any equipment because of fire or other safety reasons, try to jump completely clear, making sure that you do not touch the equipment and the ground at the same time. Land with both feet together and shuffle away in small steps to minimize the path of electric current and avoid electrical shock. Be careful to maintain your balance