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Safety Around Electrical Lines

Power lines carry a lot of electricity and can be dangerous. Sometimes even being within a few feet of a line can be a hazard. If you do come into contact, these are some important reminders.

Electrical contact accidents

Do not touch the victim until the circuit has been turned off - unplug the appliance from the outlet or turn off the power at the fuse box or circuit breaker first.

If you're sure the circuit has been turned off, administer first aid (CPR or mouth-to-mouth resuscitation if you are certified). If the victim is unconscious or not breathing, call 911, making sure to tell the dispatcher it is an electrical accident.

Always seek medical help for an electrical contact accident.

Electricity burns from the inside out, so some injuries might not be visible; the heart also can be affected several hours after the contact.

Downed power lines

Don't allow anyone to touch or drive over a power line. Always assume a downed line is dangerous and still energized.

If you're in a car accident involving a power line, stay in your vehicle until help arrives.

If you must leave the vehicle, hop out on both feet, without touching the car and the ground at the same time. Continue hopping with your feet together until you're as far away as possible.