Safety & Security

Shuffle, don’t scurry away from downed lines

Getting away from a downed power line the right way could save your life

Seeing power lines fall next to you or encountering a downed line can be a scary sight, but you can stay safe by knowing how to react.

Know what to do if you encounter downed power lines.

The proper way to move away from a downed line is to shuffle with small steps, always keeping your feet together and on the ground. Doing so could minimize your risk of being shocked.

If you see someone who is in direct or indirect contact with a downed line, do not touch the person. Call 911 instead. Do not attempt to move the power line or anything in contact with the line by using another object.

If your car is in contact with a downed line and you are inside, stay in the vehicle and call 911. Be careful not to put your feet near water where a downed power line is located.

Do not drive over downed lines. If you are in a vehicle that is in contact with a downed line, do not leave the vehicle. Honk your horn for help and tell nonemergency personnel to stay away from your vehicle.

If your vehicle becomes unsafe and you must leave, “bunny hop” out with both feet together and avoid making contact with the energized vehicle and the ground at the same time. Then shuffle with your feet together until you are at least 35 feet away from the vehicle.

If you see a downed line, call our emergency line immediately at 888-883-3379. If you think you or anyone else may be in danger, call 911.