It’s important to remember that all downed lines are dangerous— they carry an electric current that can cause serious or even fatal injuries. Please take a few minutes to review these critical safety reminders should you ever find yourself in a potentially dangerous situation.

What if I see a downed line?

Don’t touch it or anything near it. Even telephone or cable lines can become energized. Keep yourself and others far away and call 911 and AEP Ohio immediately at 800-672-2231.

What if a power line is touching my car?

Imagine you lose control while driving and hit a utility pole. You’re shaken up but unharmed. When the dust settles, you look around and there’s a power line on your vehicle. Stay put and call 911. It’s important that you don’t exit the vehicle unless you’re in imminent danger. Honk the horn, roll down your window and make sure to tell passersby not to come near the vehicle.

What if I have to exit the vehicle?

If you have to exit a vehicle that has come in contact with downed lines, remove loose items of clothing, jump clear of the vehicle, landing with both feet together. Keep your feet together and shuffle or “bunny hop” away from the car.

Do the little ones in your life know the safety rules when it comes to electricity?

Louie the Lightning Bug has you covered with educational resources for kids to learn more about electrical safety. Click here for more information.

Please share this important information with your friends and family. You could save a life.

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