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Downed Power Lines

Stay alert when wires fall down.

High winds, fallen trees, motor vehicle accidents or heavy snow and ice are just a few of the causes of a fallen power line. If you encounter a fallen line, it’s crucial to act safely.

Take care and stay clear

Here are a few tips on how to stay safe when you encounter a downed wire.

  • Stay as far away from all downed lines as possible (minimum of 30 feet) — assume they are energized or “live”.
  • Downed lines may be hidden — avoid flooded land or areas that have destroyed structures and debris.
  • Avoid driving through damaged areas — downed lines may jeopardize your own safety.
  • Report downed power lines to Unitil — call 1-888-301-7700.
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When a line lands on your vehicle

A special note about your vehicle and downed lines:

  • Stay inside your vehicle (until help arrives) if a downed line lands on top of it – unless there is a fire, then…
  • If there is a fire, jump clear of the vehicle — avoid touching the ground and vehicle at the same time.
  • Shuffle away from the vehicle — keep both feet in contact with the ground at all times.
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