Reminder to Stay Away from Downed Power Lines

By: Clare Kaley Email
By: Clare Kaley Email

Staying away from downed power lines is something we all know to do, but Kelly Zagrzebski from Wisconsin Public Service says, its something too often forgotten.

She says if something looks wrong, back away and call for help.

"If something looks unusual, something doesn't look right, for sure if there's a fire, you want to call 911," Kelly said, "if there's downed power lines, you happen to see it, don't try to figure out what it is, just give us a call."

If you find yourself inside a vehicle near fallen power lines, the most important thing to do, is not to panic.

"Its a scary situation, we understand that, the first thing is, if you come into contact with a pole, if wires come down on your vehicle, if you can pull away, pull away," Kelly said, "if you aren't able to do that, stay in the vehicle, call 911, get assistance out there."

Many times we see these dangerous situations and our first instinct is to get out and help. But WPS says, leave that to the experts.

"We know that its hard, our first responders know that its hard, we understand that," Kelly said, "but our crews are dispatched, and our crews are out there, and that's what they're trained to do, to deal with the situation."

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