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Downed Power Line Hazards

All downed power lines pose a shock hazard. Downed lines can shock you even if they do not hum or spark. They can also energize the ground nearby and create a step potential zone. And, even dead lines can become re-energized at any time due to automatic re-closers.

If you know or even suspect that a power line is down, contact the local electric utility immediately, and take precautions to protect yourself and the public.