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Contact with power lines is extremely dangerous. The injuries are severe and can be fatal. If your vehicle comes into contact with a power line, follow the directions below to minimize danger, and to keep yourself and those around you safe.

If your equipment or vehicle has contacted a power line:

  1. Stay in the equipment or vehicle.
  2. If the equipment or vehicle is still running and it’s safe to do so, move it out of contact with the power line and at least 10 metres away, then park/shut down.
  3. If the equipment or vehicle is immobilized, remain inside and instruct others to stay back at least 10 metres.
  4. Call emergency services (911) and the power company for assistance.

If your equipment or vehicle needs to be abandoned (catches fire):

WARNING: Only attempt this if it is no longer safe to remain in the vehicle.

  1. Open the door to your vehicle and look for the flattest spot on the ground.
  2. Prepare to jump to the ground, making sure you land with your feet together.
  3. Jump clear, but keep both feet together upon landing. Crouching will help you keep your balance.
  4. With feet together, slowly shuffle (with both feet on the ground at all times) at least 10 metres away from vehicle. Keeping your feet together will prevent your feet and legs from forming a bridge between two areas of different voltage.
  5. Call emergency services (911) and the power company for assistance.

 

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