With winter rain and thunderstorms that occur, wind can cause trees to blow over on power lines. Wet roads also cause traffic accidents that may result in autos hitting power poles. Electric power lines are designed to be out of the public’s reach.
When electric power lines fall to the ground they should be considered “live”, or energized, with electricity flowing. If you see a downed power line: Don’t touch or try to move the power line, or anything in contact with it. Do call 911. Do keep yourself, children and animals far away.
If a power line falls across a vehicle: If you’re not in the vehicle, stay far away and keep others away while calling 911. If you’re inside the vehicle, if it’s safe, stay in the car until help arrives.