Monday, August 4, 2014

Downed Power Lines

In the recent months, there have been many strong storms in the area that have caused significant power outages. In some instances, the storms have even caused downed power lines. In this PowerPlug, we will discuss some tips of how to handle this dangerous situation.

·        Tip Number One: If you see a downed power line, do not touch it or go near it! There is no way to tell if a downed line is energized by sight so keep at least 35 feet away to stay safe.
·        Tip Number Two: Do not try to pick up or move the downed line with any type of object or material. Certain materials can conduct electricity which will travel through the object to shock you so it is best to not to attempt to manipulate the fallen line.
·        Tip Number Three: If the ground is wet or there are puddles around the fallen lines make sure to leave the area. Water is a conductor so its presence will make the situation even more dangerous. 
·        Tip Number Four: Do not drive over downed power lines. If you accidently do, do not exit the car. Stay inside the vehicle and call for help if possible.
·        Tip Number Five: If you are trapped in a vehicle that has driven over power lines or power lines have fallen on top of the vehicle, do not leave the vehicle unless it is an extreme emergency such as a fire. In that case, you will need to jump out of the vehicle with both feet at the same time. Do not touch the vehicle and the ground at the same time! Then proceed to shuffle away from the vehicle.
·        Tip Number Six: This is the most important tip! When you see a downed power line make sure to call 911 and the Johnson City Power Board to report it!

This concludes this month’s PowerPlug. Thanks for reading! Have a good day!

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