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Fallen Power Lines

Stay far away from fallen lines:
  • Even if they don't hum, spark or dance, fallen lines can be dangerous.
  • If you see one, carefully move away from the line and anything it is touching. Instruct others in the area to do the same.
  • Call 911 and MidAmerican Energy at 800-799-4443 to report the fallen line.
  • Fallen lines are most common after storms and high winds. If you are outside after a storm, be alert for lines that may be obscured by streams or standing water.
Shuffle, don't run, from a fallen line.
The correct technique for moving away from a fallen line is to shuffle with your feet together and on the ground. Fight the urge to run, and warn others not to run. This is because when a live wire touches the ground, electricity travels through the ground in all directions. Voltage decreases as it travels from the center where the live wire is touching the ground. If you run or take large steps, you increase the chance that electricity could come up one leg and go out the other, and you could be shocked.

If a line is fallen near you, shuffle away with small steps so you don't get shocked. Warn others to do the same.