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Stay Away From Downed Power Lines

Never touch a downed power line. A common myth is that a power line is insulated like a power cord. What may look like insulation is actually weatherproofing material, which offers no insulation. Power lines are not insulated like power cords.

What if I see a downed power line?

  • Don't touch it or any wire near it. Even telephone or cable lines can become energized
  • Call 911 or contact Southwestern Electric Power Company at (888) 216-3523

What if a power line is touching my car?

If your vehicle comes in contact with a downed power line,

  • Stay put and seek help
  • Honk the horn, roll down your window and yell for help, use your mobile phone
  • Make sure to tell passersby not to come near the vehicle

What if I have to exit the vehicle?

If you have to exit a vehicle that has come in contact with downed power lines,

  • Remove loose items of clothing
  • Jump clear of the vehicle, landing with both feet together
  • Keep your feet together and shuffle or "bunny hop" away from the car

Call 911 or Contact
Report a Downed Power Line
Call 911 or contact
Southwestern Electric Power Company:
(888) 216-3523
Fact Sheet

The "Power Line Safety" fact sheet can be used as an educational resource for training classes, meetings, community events and other learning opportunities.

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