What Should I Do If I Think I Am Too Close To Overhead Power Lines?

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What Should I Do If I Think I Am Too Close To Overhead Power Lines

Do not work close to power lines. Recommended distances vary by jurisdiction and/or utility companies. Check with both your jurisdiction and electrical utility company when working, driving, parking, or storing materials closer than 15 m (49 feet) to overhead power lines.

If you must be close to power lines, you must first call your electrical utility company and they will assist you.

If your vehicle comes into contact with a power line:

  • DO NOT get out of your vehicle.
  • Call 911 and your local utility service for help.
  • Wait for the electrical utility to come and they will tell you when it is safe to get out of your vehicle.
  • Never try to rescue another person if you are not trained to do so.
  • If you must leave the vehicle (e.g., your vehicle catches on fire), exit by jumping as far as possible – at least 45 to 60 cm (1.5 to 2 feet). Never touch the vehicle or equipment and the ground at the same time. Keep your feet, legs, and arms close to your body.
  • Keep your feet together (touching), and move away by shuffling your feet. Never let your feet separate or you may be shocked or electrocuted.
  • Shuffle at least 10 meters away from your vehicle before you take a normal step. Do not enter an electrical power substation or other marked areas.

Do not enter an electrical power substation or other marked areas.

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