Ensuring Safety From Downed Power Lines During A Storm

Storms not only can cause flooding but can also cut off electricity and down power lines. When this happens, it can be very dangerous for people as they can be electrified and injured. This is the reason why it is necessary for anyone to know what to do when there are downed power lines, especially during a storm or any other disasters.


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It is best to consider any down power lines dangerous and energized. The best thing to do when you encounter a downed power line is to get away from it. Make sure that you have at least 10 feet of space between you and the power line, as electricity can be transmitted through the ground.

Also, do not ever touch the wire. If the power line touched a tree, stay away from the tree too because electricity can travel that way. It is advisable to call for a professional to remove the downed power line than to do it yourself.

When electricity was cut off during a storm, officials usually restore it after the disaster passes because they have a process to follow. Officials and professionals would first have to determine the damage done to the power line before they can do anything about it.

The next thing to do is restore the power plants first because without them, households would not be able to receive electricity. Everything else has to be repaired before the entire supply of power is restored. Most of the time, electricity is reconnected in areas with the most number of consumers.

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