SVEC reminds people to use caution around downed power lines

Published: Apr. 16, 2018 at 6:08 PM EDT
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Severe weather in Virginia brings safety concerns. The Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative is reminding people to be aware of downed power lines and to use caution.

Preston Knight, a spokesman for SVEC, said you should never assume a power line is not active, even if it is on the ground.

If you do come up on a downed power line, do not touch it, keep both feet on the ground and shuffle away from it to prevent electric shock.

If you see a downed line in the road, do not drive over it and if the line is in water, do not drive through the water.

If a line comes in contact with your car while you are inside, call 911 and safely exit your vehicle by jumping out on to both feet without touching the ground and the car at the same time.

"With downed lines and lines that are up high and still working, there's always a danger and a safety element involved so if you come across a downed line, the first thing is to realize is this could be a really dangerous situation," said

Knight said as the weather begins to warm up power lines will become more of a hazard and as you begin yard work make sure to call 8-1-1 before you dig to prevent contact with utility lines.

If you see a downed power line, you can contact SVEC at 1-800-234-7832.