and Live Wires
of dangers after a disaster, such as downed power lines and
debris created by strong winds or rain. If outside after a
storm, be alert for power lines that may be hard to see in
streams or puddles. Always remember that water conducts electricity,
and any wire in a puddle should be assumed live and dangerous.
you see a downed power line, move a safe distance away and
call authorities. It is always best to assume all downed lines
are energized. Downed power lines can hurt or even kill you.
Sometimes electrified wires will spark, hum, or "dance" ,
but not always, so don't assume the wire is dead if it is
inactive. Always maintain a safe distance from anything that
is touching the power line, like a tree, or fence.
you find yourself in a car near downed power lines, wait in
the car, until qualified electrical workers turn off the power
and tells you it is safe to leave the vehicle. When inside
the vehicle, you are not a part of electricity's path to the
ground, but you should still remain cautious. Be careful and
do not to touch metal parts of the vehicle, such as radio
knobs or door handles.
people come near the car to help you, warn them to stay far
away. If you must leave the car because of a fire, or other
danger, jump away from the vehicle so that you don't touch
the vehicle and the ground at the same time. Land with your
feet together and shuffle away from the car, keeping your
feet together and on the ground.
someone is being electrocuted do not touch them as you too
will become an electrical conductor. Do not try to help someone
who is still in contact with a source of electricity, by making
direct contact you will become part of the path the electricity
is taking. Instead, disconnect the power source at the nearest
isolation point and call emergency personnel.
shock may cause burns inside the body that are not immediately
apparent, so be sure any victims who experience an electrical
shock are taken to a doctor.
Francesca Black has worked in the emergency services field
for more than 10 years. More information available at Prepare
for Emergency http://www.prepare-for-emergency.com