Power line safety
Overhead lines operate at several thousand volts; keep your distance! Always assume a downed power line is energized and stay away. A power line doesn't have to be sparking or sizzling to be energized; so never approach one. Here are some additional tips to keep you and your family safe.
  • Remember the 10-foot rule: When carrying and using ladders and other long tools, keep them at least 10 feet away from all overhead lines - including any lines from the power pole to your home.
  • Look up before raising a ladder or pole to verify that it will not be close to power lines when raised. Use a flashlight or lantern at night to help you see overhead power lines or other hazards.
  • Don’t let children climb trees that are near overhead power lines.
  • Kites or balloons that contact power lines can cause shock or fire, so fly them away from overhead lines.
  • Central will trim trees near its power lines. Call us before pruning, trimming or cutting down trees that are near overhead lines.

General facts about electricity

  • Electricity always seeks a path to the ground. When you become part of this path, you may be injured or killed.
  • Good conductors include water, your body, tree branches, poles and ladders.

General power line safety tips

  • Assume all utility lines are energized.
  • Never touch any utility wire, and do not touch anyone who is in contact with an electric wire.

Fallen lines around or on your home

  • If you see a fallen line, fallen tree limbs, as well as anything they are touching-such as puddles and fences, stay far away.
  • Keep pets and children away too.
  • If there is a fallen power line near your home, stay inside unless told by emergency personnel to evacuate.
  • Call 911.

Fallen lines around or on your vehicle

  • Move the vehicle away from the line if you can do it safely.
  • Warn others to stay away; anyone on the ground who touches your vehicle could be in danger.
  • If the vehicle is okay (not on fire), stay in the vehicle until an emergency responder indicates it is safe to get out.
  • If you must leave due to other hazards, jump clear of of the vehicle and the fallen lines. Don’t touch the vehicle and ground at the same time.
  • Call 911.