Here in the Upstate last week, we experienced the violence that a tropical storm can create. Strong winds uprooted large trees and downed power lines.
But tropical storms aren’t the only thing that causes power lines to fall. Winter weather can also wreak havoc, and this winter is expected to be colder and to include more precipitation than average.
As we enter the winter season, ice storms and heavy snows can result in downed power lines. Knowing what to do if you come across a downed power line will ensure you don’t make a mistake that could cause injury. With any power line, there’s a high chance that it’s live, and you could be injured or killed if you come into contact with one.
Tips for Power Line Safety
- Never touch a downed line, either with your body or with an object.
- Don’t drive over a downed line.
- Don’t touch an object that’s in contact with a downed line.
- Call 911 to report a fallen power line.
- If your car accidentally comes into contact with a downed line, stay inside the car and call 911 on your mobile phone.
During storms, or any time there is ice and snow, power lines are susceptible to being knocked down by tree branches or other objects. If you have to be out and about in a storm, always be aware of your surroundings, and avoid potentially dangerous situations.