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Don’t Drive Distracted

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The popularity of handheld devices has increased distracted driving problems on the road. Activities like texting, talking on the phone, reading, and watching a video, take a driver’s attention away from the road and driving conditions. It is hazardous for the driver, passengers, and bystanders, and there is a risk of an accident with a power pole. Whether you are involved in an auto accident with a power pole or you witness one, know the steps to take to keep yourself and others safe.

In accidents with power poles, it is likely the pole and power lines may fall on your car or nearby, and the area around your car may become charged with electricity. If you step out of the car, your body would become the path to ground for the electricity, which could be deadly. The safest place is nearly always inside the car.

While downed lines can sometimes show they are live by arcing and sparking with electricity, this is not always the case. Power lines do not always show signs that they are live, but are just as lethal.

Stay in the car if you are in a car accident with a power pole. Call 9-1-1 for help, and wait until a professional from the electric utility tells you it is safe to leave the car. Warn those who try to come near your car to help that they must stay far away.

Stay inside the vehicle unless there’s fire or imminent risk of fire, which very rarely happens. In that case, jump clear of the vehicle without touching it and the ground at the same time. Then hop away with feet together. That way there will not be a voltage difference between your feet, which would give electricity the chance to flow through your body. Do not get out unless you have to.

If you witness a car collision with a power pole, do not approach the accident. By trying to help, you could put your own life at risk. The best thing to do is call 9-1-1, stay far away and warn others to stay away from the accident.appliances outdoors, even if plugged into GFCI-equipped outlets. Never touch an electric appliance while in a pool or hot tub and keep all appliances at least ten feet away from pools, ponds and wet surfaces. Teach kids that it is never safe to swim in a pool or lake when a storm is brewing. Also keep in mind that you should never use appliances with extension cords that are frayed or damaged, and always be sure the ground prong is intact.

Water often attracts kids, but water and electricity never mix. Teach older children to exercise caution before plugging in a radio, CD player, or any electrical gadget outdoors, and never leave any electrical appliances outside.

When you are done using a radio, CD player or any other electrical gadget outdoors, bring it inside with you. If it rains, the electrical device could get wet and cause an electrical shock when used later.

Spring showers bring more than tempting puddles for kids to splash in, they can also leave electric hazards behind. Flooded areas are never safe spots to wade or play in, and may be in contact with energized electrical equipment or fallen power lines.

Make sure all of your family members know to stay away from downed power lines and wires, and tell children to report any fallen or dangling wires to an adult. Downed power lines are extremely dangerous for children as well as adults. Always assume that any power line is fully charged and stay far away. Call your local electric company immediately if you or your child encounters a downed power line, and include this number with other posted emergency phone numbers.