Downed Power Lines
- Secure the area. Keep yourself and the public as far away as possible from fallen power lines and objects that may be energized—never get closer than 30 feet. Downed transmission lines from large towers require a distance of 100 feet.
- Stay clear of all downed lines and anything they are contacting, including nearby fences, trees, cable or phone lines, and the ground.
- Be extremely cautious when using water to fight fires near downed power lines. If you must use water, use only a mist or spray. Do not use a stream—it can create a clear path for current.
Fire Captain Electrocuted by Downed Line
A 36-year-old fire captain was fatally shocked when he brushed against a fallen 12,000-volt power line while fighting a predawn house fire. The line had fallen into a nearby pine tree and was dangling just above the ground.