When Your Car Comes in Contact With an Electric Line

 

 

If your car comes in contact with an electric line, a state of panic may set in. Try to stay calm and follow these tips:

 

You should remain inside your vehicle. If you are in your car, you are not part of electricityís path, which always looks for the shortest way to the ground. Honk your horn to alert a passerby.

 

If someone stops to help, roll down the window and warn them not to touch the car or the power line. Ask them to phone 911 and contact HFRECC immediately.

 

Wait in your car until qualified electrical workers turn the power off and tell you itís safe to leave the car.

 

If you must leave the car because of fire or other danger, open the door and jump away from the vehicle so no part of your body touches the vehicle and the ground at the same time. Make sure to jump with both feet together so that your feet land on the ground at the same time.

 

After you land with both feet together, shuffle away, keeping both feet in contact with the ground constantly.

 

Do not try to help someone exit a vehicle that is in contact with an electric line. If you do, you may become a path for electricity and be injured or killed. -- Source: National Weather Service