Springfield Utility Board

Downed Power Lines

During the winter, harsh weather can cause trees to fall into power lines, and cars to skid into power poles. SUB’s linemen are trained to handle downed power lines. In the event you encounter one, remember these important safety tips to avoid serious injury:

  • If you see a downed power line, keep all other people away and inform SUB right away at 541-726-2395.
  • DO NOT under any circumstances touch a downed power line, even if it is not moving, humming or sparking. Always assume that any power line is live and dangerous.
  • Never approach a downed power line. The ground around a live power line may be electrified as well, and is dangerous.
  • DO NOT touch anything that is in contact with a downed power line, such as cars, debris or fallen tree branches. Anything touching a power line is just as dangerous as the power line itself.
  • In the event a power line falls on your car, stay inside and wait for help. If you have a cell phone, use it to call for assistance. If you must leave the vehicle because it is on fire, or in danger of catching on fire, open the door and without touching the outside of the car, try to jump away while keeping your feet together. Once you have landed, shuffle away from your car. Running or walking can arc electricity through your legs and injure you.

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