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Power Line Safety

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Power Line Safety

Stay away from downed power lines! Power lines are not insulated like power cords. You can't smell, see or hear electricity, so there's no way for you to determine if a downed power line is energized. Assume that it is, and maintain a safe distance.

Please read our power line Q&A to remain safe under all circumstances. If you have any further questions, please call 352-334-2871.

Downed Power Line

Question: What do I do if I see a fallen or dangling power line?

Answer: From a safe distance, immediately call 911 and GRU at 352-334-2871.

Question: Can I use an object to move a downed power line?

Answer: Never use any object to move a power line, including brooms, boards, limbs or plastics. Although wood is normally non-conductive, even if slightly wet, it will conduct electricity, causing electric shock or electrocution.

Vehicle Involved

Question: What do I do if a downed power line touches my car?

Answer: Stay inside! The safest place is in your car because the ground around it may be energized. Honk your horn, roll down the window, and yell for help.

Question: What if the car is on fire?

Answer: Remove loose clothing, jump clear of the vehicle so you don't touch it when you hit the ground, hop with both feet together or shuffle away without picking up your feet.

General Safety

Question: I always see shoes hanging from power lines, is that safe?

Answer: Throwing objects on power lines, including ropes and strings, can cause short circuits and result in injuries.

Question: Do I have to worry about power lines when digging at my house?

Answer: Yes. In addition to electric lines, other utility lines run underground and may be on your property. Always call 811 to have all lines marked two days before digging. This service is free.