Monday, October 28, 2013

Downed Power Line Safety

If you are ever involved in an accident that has resulted in an electric distribution line being down near or laying on top of your vehicle–DO NOT exit the vehicle unless you are in imminent danger.

If you step out of the vehicle onto the ground, you become a conduit for electricity and could be injured seriously or even killed. Also, if you are ever around a downed power line that is dangling on top of a vehicle, do not approach the vehicle to help rescue someone.

If you are ever in a situation involving downed power lines, dial 911 using your cell phone. If you must leave the vehicle, jump, keeping your feet together so they land on the ground at the same time, while keeping your balance.

If someone arrives and tries to help, signal to them to stay clear of the vehicle at least 30 feet so they are not in danger of getting hurt. These safety tips could save your life or the life of another.

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