Friday, January 05, 2007

Watch out for Downed Power Lines

In these torrents of wind, the LA Department of Water & Power recommends the following electric safety tips regarding "Downed Power Lines":
(These would make Ezra Scattergood proud!)
1. Never touch a downed or dangling wire or anyone or anything in contact with it. Always assume a downed line is still energized. Report any downed power lines immediately by calling the LADWP at 1-800-DIAL-DWP. If you or someone else is in danger, call 911.

2. Don’t touch anyone in contact with a power source – you could be killed or seriously injured. If you find someone who has been injured, call 911 for help and tell them it’s an electrical injury.

3. If a power line falls on your car, stay in the car and wait for help. If you must get out, make sure you do not touch the metal parts of the car and the ground at the same time. The safest method is to open the door, stand on the door sill and jump free without touching the car.

4. Stay away from metal fences, such as a chain link fence – there may be a power line down and touching the fence somewhere beyond your sight.

5. If there is damage to the connection from the power pole to your house, you should go to the electrical box and turn off the main switch or shut off the fuse switch. Again, always assume electric lines are live.

6. In case of an electrical emergency, stay calm and think before you act. Don’t become a victim while trying to help others. Call 911.

7. If someone is shocked or not breathing, apply cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Then cover the victim with a blanket, keep their head low and get medical attention.
DWP has a great model with real voltage that shows how dangerous downed power lines can be (as pictured).

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