With all the damage the recent storms have caused, it is important you know how to stay safe around powerlines. Follow these simple steps below to ensure yourself and others are safe
If a car has hit a powerpole:
If a car has hit a pole and brought down the power lines, the safest way to avoid electric shock is for occupants to stay in the car until help arrives. They should only try to get out of the car if another urgent situation, such as a fire, forces them to evacuate. If they must leave the car before help arrives, they need to jump clear, being careful not to touch the vehicle and the ground at the same time.
If the powerlines are clashing:
In high winds, power lines can clash together, making bright flashes, loud bangs and possibly power surges and outages. A separator can be installed on lines to prevent clashing. Let your local power network company know if this is happening.
Items on the powerlines:
If you tangle an item on a power line, call your local power provider and they will come and remove it. Never try to remove it yourself.