Power lines and car accidents…what to know

October 8, 2019 – When traumatic situations happen, instincts often tell us to flee. Fleeing a car that has been involved with power lines is not just dangerous, it is life-threatening. Knowing the following information could save your life or the life of a loved one:

If your car comes in contact with a power pole/line, do NOT leave the car. Your car and the surrounding area of the accident scene could be energized. If you leave the car, you could become the electricity’s path to the ground which could result in serious injury or death from electric shock. It is equally important to not allow bystanders to help as they could be seriously injured or killed.

DIAL 911
Call 911 immediately who will alert the responsible utility. Both will come to your aid ASAP!

Do not exit your car until a utility or emergency worker gives you the OK. The only reason to exit your car is if it on fire. If your car is on fire, jump clear of the vehicle with your feet together and hop away with your feet remaining together.

Big or small, car accidents are horrifying. The best thing you can do for yourself and all those working to help you is to remain as composed as possible. Remaining calm will help you to listen better to instructions from emergency and utility personnel.

For more ways to stay safe around electricity, visit lcec.net.