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Beware of Downed Lines

Strong winds and power lines can cause downed power lines; and fallen power lines can be deadly.

If you see a power line on the ground, or if a tree falls on a line, STAY AWAY! Always assume the line is energized. Remember -- a tree on a power line can act as a conductor. That means you can be fatally wounded by touching only the tree. And if you try to help a victim of these circumstances, you could also be injured by touching either the victim or the tree.

If you see downed power lines, Gibson EMC recommends that you: 

  • Keep a safe distance; 
  • Send for help by calling the 911 and your local Gibson EMC customer service center;
  • Stand guard, if possible, to keep others away from danger.
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