|Vol68-8 August 2018|
Use caution around downed power lines
For your safety, it’s important to know how to identify a potential hazard and to know what actions to take during emergency situations involving electric utility lines or equipment.
Downed power lines
Always assume that a downed line is live or could become live again at any time. Follow these steps to stay safe and help keep others safe.
Vehicles in contact with downed lines or electrical equipment
If you see an accident involving utility poles or utility equipment and the vehicle is or may become energized, immediately call the Emergency Communication Center (911) to report the situation. A SMECO crew will arrive to de-energize the equipment. From a safe distance, you can instruct the vehicle occupants how to stay safe.
Is there a fire or immediate threat to the vehicle’s occupants?
Advise occupants to stay inside the vehicle until the equipment is confirmed de-energized by a qualified SMECO employee.
Can they drive the vehicle?
Advise them to drive their vehicle forward or backward until they are clear of the electric utility equipment. Once they are at least 30 feet away from all lines or equipment, they may exit the vehicle. Do not approach downed lines or equipment.
They will need to exit the vehicle carefully. Tell them to: