Winter storms can sometimes cause downed power lines. If you come across a downed utility wire of any kind, always do the following:
- Assume it’s energized and stay as far away as you can. Energized lines can charge the ground near the point of contact and may electrocute you. If you come upon a downed line of any kind, stay at least 35 feet away. Do not attempt to rescue a person or pet.
- Call 911 or Puget Sound Energy at 1-888-225-5773. Leave everything to utility professionals and emergency personnel.
- Do not drive over downed power lines. Even if they’re not energized, downed wires can get entangled with your vehicle and cause further damage.
- Stay in your car. If a power line falls on your vehicle while you’re driving, do not exit until you know for sure that the line is de-energized.
- If you must evacuate, jump away and land with both feet together. Do not touch the vehicle while stepping on the ground, as this can create a path for electricity to run through you. Keep your feet together and take small, shuffling steps until you’re at least 35 feet away.
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