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Vehicles Contacting Utility Poles: Imminent Danger

If a vehicle has contacted a utility pole and there is imminent danger, such as a fire, and occupants must exit the vehicle, instruct them on using the jump and shuffle technique. Explain and demonstrate these steps from a safe distance:

  • Do not step out of the vehicle, and do not touch the vehicle and the ground at the same time.
  • Jump clear of the vehicle, landing with feet together.
  • Shuffle away with small steps, keeping feet close together and on the ground at all times.
  • Continue shuffling to a safe distance away. A safe distance is at least 30 feet from distribution lines or at least 100 feet from transmission lines. Shuffle by sliding your feet on the ground in a heel-to-toe motion. Do not allow any distance between your two feet, as this increases your risk of electrical shock. Remember, all safety clearances given here are minimums. Always use the maximum possible distance.