downed power line

A downed power line presents a seriously risky situation. It’s very likely it could be energized—which means it has the potential to shock or even electrocute you. That’s why it’s so important to know how to handle a downed power line.

First things first: If you encounter a downed power line, do not touch, drive over or go near it. Steer any kids or pets far away from the line and call 911 immediately to report the problem.

Things get a little trickier if your car has a run-in with a power line. In that case, you’ll ideally want to stay in the car until help arrives. But what do you do if you must get out? Watch the video above to learn a few important—and possibly lifesaving—tips.