During severe weather events it is common to have downed trees or power lines. Extreme caution should be used around both. If you see a downed power line, call your local utility to report it immediately. The farther you stay away from downed power lines the better. Don’t walk in flooded areas or in standing water if you don’t have to. Also, be aware that tree limbs can conduct electricity. Sometimes it is difficult to see power lines tangled in downed trees. If you are driving and come upon a downed power line, stay in your vehicle, warn others to stay away and contact emergency personnel or the electric utility. Never drive over a downed line. It could cause poles or other equipment to come crashing down.
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