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HVFCo: Caution Around Downed Power Lines

By Olivia Drake, October 30, 2017.

Haddam Volunteer Fire Company reminds residents to be extra cautious around downed power lines due to the recent storm. For safety’s sake, always assume that a downed power line is energized.

HVFC and energy provider Eversource offer the following tips when dealing with outdoor electric safety:

  • Stay away from downed wires and fallen trees that could have wires caught in them.
  • Don’t touch anything or anyone that’s touching a downed wire.
  • Contacting an overhead wire with your body or a conductive object like a ladder, pole or roofing material can cause serious injury or death. Accidents can happen even without contact, so always maintain a safe distance of at least 10 feet.
  • Never drive over a fallen power line.
  • If your vehicle comes in contact with a downed power line, stay inside your car, sound the horn or call for help. The ground may be energized. Wait until the fire department or Eversource workers say it’s safe to exit the vehicle.
  • If using a generator, make sure it is placed in a well-ventilated location 5 feet away from all doors, windows and vent openings. Be sure to install a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm in your home prior to using a generator.

In the past 24 hours, HVFC has responded to six calls for emergency services regarding downed wires or pole fires. With systems being restored and re-energized, wires that were dead may become live again. Please take extra precaution!