Farmington Hills Fire: How to handle downed power lines

The Farmington Hills Fire Department this week issued a reminder about the hazards of downed power lines – and the safety measures needed to avoid injury – during spring and summer storms.

Here’s what you should know:

  • Call 9-1-1 and keep all adults, children, and pets away from the area until the Fire Department arrives.
  • If you come across a downed power line, move away in a “shuffle” by taking small steps and dragging your feet along, while not fully lifting them from the ground.
  • Don’t touch anything with which the wire may be in contact.
  • You can’t tell whether a power line is energized just by looking at it, so assume that all downed power lines are live.
  • Do not attempt to move a downed power line or anything else in contact with it, even using sticks, poles, or other objects.
  • Do not touch anyone who has made contact with a power line; they may be energized.
  • Do not drive over downed power lines.
  • If your car comes in contact with a downed power line, stay in the vehicle and honk your horn to warn others to stay away.
  • If you must get out of your vehicle because it is on fire, jump out with both feet at the same time and your hands at your sides. Make sure you are not touching the car when your feet hit the ground. Do not make contact with the car and the ground at the same time.

Still have questions? Call the Farmington Hills Fire Department, 248-871-2800.