Central Maine Power is working hard to clean up downed lines in order to restore power to their thousands of customers who lost it in the wind storm. This is a good time to brush up on safety when it comes to downed power lines.

According to ESFi.org:

  • Downed lines can energize the ground in a 35 foot radius.
  • Never drive over a downed line or water that is in contact with one.
  • Don't ever try to move a line with anything, even if you think it won't be conductive. A wooden broom,pole or stick are no-nos!

If your car comes in contact with a downed power line:

  • Stay inside the car, honk your horn or use your cell phone to attract help.
  • Warn bystanders to stay away from the area and ask them to call for emergency personnel.

If you must leave your car because of fire or another imminent threat:

  • DON'T touch your car and the ground at the same time, with your body or your clothing.
  • DON'T touch the metal frame of your vehicle, open the door without touching the frame.
  • Jump out of your vehicle with your feet together, landing them at the same time.
  • Shuffle away while keeping your feet in constant contact with each other AND the ground.
  • Don't touch someone who is in contact with a power line!

Here's a video with more tips:

Always assume that a line is live and call authorities right away if you spot one!