Should you be involved in or witness an auto accident involving power lines, it is essential to know what to do to save your life or the life of someone in need. LCEC reminds all drivers to remember to do the following.
Stay in the Car
If your car comes in contact with a power pole/line, do NOT leave the car. Your car and the surrounding area of the accident scene could be energized. If you leave the car, you could become the electricity’s path to the ground which could result in serious injury or death from electric shock. It is equally important to not allow bystanders to help as they could be seriously injured or killed.
Call 911 immediately who will alert the responsible utility. Both will come to your aid ASAP!
Wait for the OK
Do not exit your car until a utility or emergency worker gives you the okay. The only reason to exit your car is if it on fire. If your car is on fire, jump clear of the vehicle with your feet together and hop away with your feet remaining together.
Accidents can be scary! Do your best to remain calm and listen to the instructions of the emergency and utility personnel. The more upset and frazzled you get, the worst the situation will be.
As we juggle new responsibilities such as working remotely, homeschooling and selectively leaving our homes during this pandemic, it is more important than ever to focus all of your attention on the road when you are driving.
For more safety tips, visit lcec.net. Safe driving!