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Tag: Downed Powerlines

It’s down and it’s deadly

Severe storms any time of year can cause downed power lines, poles, and extended outages. If you happen upon a downed line, stay as far away as possible.

Always assume a downed power line is energized and dangerous. Avoid going near it or anything in contact with the power line. Call UCEMC!

  • Downed power lines can energize the ground up to 35 feet away. Keep your distance!
  • NEVER DRIVE over a downed line OR through water that is touching the line.
  • NEVER try to move a downed power line, even if you think the line is de-energized or even if you think you’re using a nonconductive item – this could still cause injury or death.
  • If you see a downed line, notify UCEMC immediately!
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