Live electrical currents pose a deadly threat to human life and can cause electrical fires. Downed utility poles are especially lethal, so you should call for assistance to manage the problem. Read on to learn more about the dangers of downed utility poles and what to do if you find one.
The Dangers of a Downed Utility Pole
Utility poles can become damaged during storms when they are unable to withstand a battering from strong winds. Wear and tear from the weather can cause poles to weaken and fall over, especially if insects have caused destruction over time. A downed utility pole is easily recognizable as it will be leaning or level with the surface of the ground. Always be cautious around any damaged poles. There may be loose wires lying around that still contain a live electrical current. Voltages of utility poles range between 4 and 25 kV delivered from connecting power lines which everyone must avoid.
When a utility pole does fall, the transformer can destroy property or injure people when it lands. Stray voltage can electrify metal objects in the immediate environment. Touching anything near the downed utility pole can prove fatal. It is best to always:
- Assume that all overhead wires are energized at lethal voltages.
- Avoid touching a fallen overhead power line.
- Stay at least 10ft away from overhead wires during cleanup and other activities.
- Survey the area and avoid touching anything that may be in contact with a wire, like tree limbs or other debris.
- Stay inside the vehicle and continue to drive away from the line if an overhead wire falls across your vehicle while you are driving.
- Call emergency services.
Contact Tim Kyle Electric
Should you experience any repercussions within your home after the authorities have corrected a downed utility pole, contact Tim Kyle Electric. We provide 24/7 emergency service. Your family’s safety is our top priority. If you are looking for an Eldersburg electrician, give us a call today.