Power line safety: What you need to know

Utility pole (Image: Shutterstock)


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A crash into a utility pole left hot wires in the roadway on Friday and a woman who drove up on scene ended up getting shocked. So, what should you do if you see downed power lines in the roadway?

Warren Rogers is a Eversource safety supervisor and says if you get in an accident with a power pole never, ever get out. Call 911 and wait inside the car.

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“The people inside the car are not being electrocuted, you don’t have to worry about them. The electricity is going around the vehicle into the ground, through the tires. So, the people inside can use their cell phone and call for help,” said Rogers.

Rogers warns even if you’re not entangled in wires, the car can still be energized. And if you see an accident, stay back. Your instinct may be to rushed in and help, Eversource cannot emphasize enough to stay back. They recommend you stay at least two power poles away from the accident and don’t stand under the wires.

“I have story after story of good Samaritans who think they are doing the right thing, they go up and touch that car, and the people inside the car are the ones that survive. It is the good Samaritans that don’t,” said Rogers.

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