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Power lines are everywhere, but many people don’t know much about them. Common myths and misconceptions about power lines can put people at serious risk of being electrocuted or damaging their property. In order to ensure your safety, and the safety of others, discover the truth behind these power line myths.

Myth 1: If a Power Line Falls on My Car, I Should Get Out and Run to Safety Right Away

If a power line falls on or near your car, it may be tempting to get out and run to safety. However, this could actually put you in more danger as your car and ground around it may be electrified. Instead, inform and bystanders and pedestrians of the fallen power line and be sure to stay inside your vehicle until utility professionals tell you it is safe to get out.

Myth 2: A Fallen Power Line Does Not Have Electricity Flowing Through It 

Many people think that when a power line falls to the ground, it instantly becomes dead. However, that is not true. There is a high probability that the fallen line is still energized. That means that the surrounding ground and other metal objects might be electrically charged. Therefore, it is critical to keep your distance from the power line to be safe – about 35 ft. away. 

Myth 3: Power Lines Have Safety Devices that Automatically Shut Off the Power if the Line Breaks or Touches Something

The fact is: it is not safe to touch a power line at any time. Even downed power lines can become re-energized. Electricity poses extreme danger, and you should avoid contact at all costs. If you've encountered a fallen electricity line, follow these tips:

  • Call 911 or your utility company
  • Don't use any object to try to move a fallen power line
  • Do not drive over fallen power lines
  • If someone touches the power line, do not attempt to pull them away as you too will be shocked. Instead, call 911 immediately.

Myth 4: All Power Lines are Insulated

Seeing birds perching on electricity lines doesn't mean the lines are insulated. Birds can land or walk on overhead power lines and not get electrocuted because they aren't in contact with the ground. In fact, the majority of power lines are uninsulated.

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