DOWNED POWER LINES

WHAT TO DO IF YOU SEE A DOWNED POWER LINE?

The first thing you should do is contact Inland Power at (877) 668-8243 to report the downed power line. We will dispatch crews to repair the damage and remove the safety hazard. Included below are some safety tips from Electrical Safety Foundation International.

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Frequently asked questions

What should I do if I encounter a downed power line?


If you see a downed power line, move at least 10 feet away from the line and anything touching it. The human body is a ready conductor of electricity. The proper way to move away from the line is to shuffle away with small steps, keeping your feet together and on the ground at all times. This will minimize the potential for a strong electric shock. Electricity wants to move from a high voltage zone to a low voltage zone—and it could do that through your body.




What can I do to help someone who has come into contact with a downed power line?


If you see someone who is in direct or indirect contact with the downed line, do not touch the person. You could become the next victim. Call 911 instead.




Can I use something that isnot metal to try and move a downed power line myself?


Do NOT attempt to move a downed power line or anything in contact with the line by using another object such as a broom or stick. Even non-conductive materials like wood or cloth, if slightly wet, can conduct electricity and electrocute you.




What should I do if I see a downed power line in the street while I am driving my car?


Do not drive over downed power lines.




What if a power line comes down onto my car or I didn’t see it until I’ve driven into it?


If you are in your car and it is in contact with the downed line, stay in your car. Tell others to stay away from your vehicle. If you must leave your car because it’s on fire, jump out of the vehicle with both feet together and avoid contact with the live car and the ground at the same time. This way you avoid being the path of electricity from the car to the earth. Shuffle away from the car.




Is a downed power line still dangerous if it has come down in water, like a pool or pond?


Water is a good conductor of electricity. Any amount of water—even a puddle—could become energized. Be careful not to touch water, or anything in contact with the water, near where there is a downed power line.