Vehicles Contacting Utility Poles: No Imminent Danger
In a situation when a vehicle has contacted a utility pole and there is no imminent danger, do the following:
- Keep yourself and others far away from the vehicle, the power line and anything the power line is touching — including the ground nearby. Anyone who enters, touches or even approaches the vehicle could be shocked.
- Instruct the driver to drive away from the power line if this can be done safely. Have them drive at least 30 feet away from a distribution line or 100 feet from a transmission line before exiting the vehicle.
- If the vehicle cannot be safely moved and there is no imminent danger, instruct vehicle occupants to stay put until utility crews give the all clear. Occupants will be safest from electric shock inside the vehicle.
- Do not allow occupants to leave the vehicle until the utility representative confirms that the line has been de-energized.