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Fallen power lines

What to do if you come across fallen power lines

Fallen or low power lines are extremely dangerous. Never go near or touch a fallen line, even if it looks harmless. Here’s how you can stay safe:

Stay away, stay safe

• Call us on 0800 10 40 40 or call 111
• Treat all lines as live until advised by Northpower
• Keep people and animals well clear – at least 10m away
• Never go near or touch a fallen line – it could still be live
• Do not try to move tree limbs or objects on or near fallen lines
• Do not assume that fallen or low lines are telephone lines

Power lines on a vehicle

If a vehicle is involved in an accident where power lines have fallen down, here’s how you can stay safe:

Stay inside, stay safe

  • Call 111 and stay in the vehicle until Northpower arrive or advise that the line is not live
  • If you must get out of the vehicle for your safety, jump with both feet together as far away as possible. Continue to jump or shuffle, keeping your feet together, until you are at least 10m from the vehicle
  • DO NOT touch the vehicle
  • The line may be live and the vehicle may become electrically live too. Any person attempting to touch or leave the vehicle could be electrocuted.
  • Do not drive over or through fallen lines

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