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Downed Lines and Vehicles

Stay safe inside your car.

If a power line comes down on or near your vehicle, you are safest if you stay inside the car. Follow these tips:

STAY IN THE VEHICLE. When inside you are not a part of electricity's path to the ground. Don't touch metal parts of the vehicle, such as radio knobs, ashtrays, etc.

Wait until qualified electrical workers turn off the power and tell you it is safe to leave the vehicle.

If people come near the car to help you, warn them to stay far away. Ask them to telephone 911 and the electric company for help.

If you MUST leave the car because of fire or other danger, JUMP away from the vehicle so that you don't touch the vehicle and the ground at the same time. Land with your feet together. Shuffle away, keeping your feet together and on the ground.

Stay away from the downed line and warn others to do the same.

Do not try to help someone else from the car.

Don't touch the car, or anyone inside the car, while you are touching the ground. If you do, you will become a path for electricity and could be hurt or killed! If you must get small children out of the vehicle, hold them close to your body while you jump from the car and shuffle away.

If your vehicle contacts a power line, stay inside until rescue workers say it's safe to leave. Do not touch the vehicle and the ground at the same time.


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