Would you know what to do if you came across downed power lines? OPPD’s number one priority is safety – for our customers and our employees. With that in mind, use these tips for safety around downed power lines.
NEVER touch a downed power line or go near one. Always assume the line is live and high voltage.
Do not touch a fallen power line or anything touching the wire. This includes other people or equipment.
Keep children and pets away from fallen electric wires.
Do not drive over a fallen power line.
Call OPPD at 1-800-554-6773 or 911 immediately to report a fallen power line.
In your vehicle
If your vehicle comes in contact with a downed power line…
Stay inside! The safest place is in your car. Remember, the ground around your car may be energized.
Honk the horn, roll down your window and yell for help.
Warn others to stay away. Anyone who touches the equipment or ground around the vehicle may be injured.
Use your mobile phone to call OPPD at 1-800-554-6773 or 911.
OPPD workers will tell you when it is safe to exit your vehicle.
If there is a fire and you MUST exit a vehicle that has come in contact with downed power lines…
Remove loose items of clothing.
Keep your elbows at your side, clasp hands, and jump clear of the vehicle, so you are not touching the car when your feet hit the ground.
Keep both feet close together and shuffle away from the vehicle without picking up your feet.
Once you are at least 35 feet away, dial 911 and provide your exact location.
American Electric Power has posted a great video demonstrating the technique.
Jodi Baker writes stories and shoots videos for The Wire. Jodi was a television news reporter before she came to work for OPPD as a media specialist in 2013. Jodi earned her degree in broadcasting from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. She's worked for news stations from her hometown of Omaha to sunny San Diego. She’s married with two bright and energetic children (a boy and a girl) and an allergy-ridden little Cairn Terrier. She and her husband enjoy catching up on some grown-up DVR time once the kiddos are asleep.