Downed Power Lines
Downed power lines can be deadly. The Energy Resources
Department is committed to ensuring your safety. That's why we
want you to be aware of what to do if you see a downed power
line. Please remember these important tips:
- Assume that all downed wires are energized and dangerous
even if there is no spark. They may look harmless, but if
energized, they can cause serious injury, or even death,
when touched. If you see a downed power line, call the City
of Mesa at 480-644-2262 or dial 911.
- Observe the minimum safe distance of 20 feet or more.
Stay back and do not touch the line. Also keep children and
pets away from the downed line. A live wire lying on the
ground can cause electricity to travel across the ground,
outward from the contact point.
- Do not attempt to cut or remove a tree, car, or other
object that is entangled with a power line. Electricity can
travel through tree branches or other items such as brooms,
boards, and plastic materials, especially when the items are
- If a line falls across your vehicle, stay in your car
until emergency personnel arrives and determines it is safe
to exit. You are safer inside the vehicle.
- If you come across a car with lines fallen on it even if
someone is trapped inside, keep away from the vehicle and
contact 911. No one should touch the vehicle.
Electricity seeks the simplest path to the ground, through
conductors such as metal, water, even people. If you are part of
that path, you are in danger. So stay back and stay safe!
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