What To Do When A Power Line Goes Down

With autumn and winter weather come frequent storms, and those storms often cause downed trees and power lines. Here’s a great video from South California Edison reminding all of us of safe procedures when we come across a downed power line.

South California Edison suggests:

  • Beware of a downed power line touching a vehicle. Stay clear of the vehicle and the power line. If a power line touches your vehicle while you are inside, remain calm and follow these directions: If you can do so safely, stay inside the vehicle until emergency assistance arrives. Warn others to stay away from the vehicle and have them call 9-1-1. If you must get out of the vehicle for safety reasons, jump clear. Do not touch the vehicle and the ground at the same time.
  • Never make contact with overhead power lines. When you’re outside, check to make sure any tools or equipment you handle are well clear of power lines overhead.