Downed Power Lines

When it comes to downed power lines, your safety is our first concern.

Never touch a downed power line or anything it may be touching. Especially, watch for puddles and fences. Treat every downed line as though it were energized or capable of causing you harmful electric shock. Even a line that is not sparking or sizzling may be energized.

Review an illustration about downed power lines.

Snowy neighborhood with downed trees and power lines.
If you see a downed power line

If you see a downed power line, call us immediately at 1-844-484-2300.

  • Stay at least 50 feet (about the length of two busses) away from the line.

  • If you see someone in contact with a power line, don't touch him or her, or you may become a victim too. Call 911 immediately. 

  • If a power line falls across your car, try to drive clear. If that fails, stay in the car. If you must get out because of imminent danger such as fire, be sure to leap clear so you don't touch the vehicle and the ground at the same time. 

  • If you see repair crews working on downed power lines, please drive carefully. Expect delays and use caution when driving near any repair crews working to restore your power.