It's not as far-fetched as it may seem! Learn how to stay safe if you happen to find yourself in this unfortunate and life-threatening situation.

illustration of a truck hitting a power pole and the line coming down

Every year tens of thousands of accidents nationwide involve vehicles striking utility poles. In case of such an unfortunate event, remember the following life-saving tips.

After a collision with electric equipment, the safest place for passengers is inside the vehicle. Getting out could lead to electrocution.

  • Stay in the vehicle until help arrives and power lines have been de-energized. Call 911 for assistance. (Remember, you can never tell if a line is energized or not just by looking at it! Always assume that the power line is live and dangerous.)
  • Exit the vehicle only if a fire occurs. This is rare, but if this happens, jump out and away from the vehicle, ensuring no part of your body or clothing touches the ground and the vehicle at the same time.
  • Land with both feet together, take small shuffling steps, and move at least 40 feet away from the vehicle. This precaution reduces the chance of electrical current passing through your body.

If you witness such an accident, stay in your vehicle in case the ground is energized, and call 911.

Stay safe out there!


Sharilyn Fairweather

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