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Power line hazards and vehicles

If a power line falls on your car, school bus or farm equipment you should stay inside the vehicle. Warn people not to touch the vehicle or the line. Call or ask someone to call the local cooperative and emergency services. Listen to our podcast on vehicle crash safety to learn more.  

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Only leave a vehicle that is in contact with a downed power line if the vehicle catches on fire. Open the door but do not step out of the vehicle. Instead, jump away with both feet together so that your body clears the vehicle before touching the ground, landing with both feet together. Once you clear the vehicle, "bunny hop" or shuffle with both feet on the ground, at least 50 feet away, further if you can.

As in all power line related emergencies, call for help immediately by dialing 911 or your electric utility.

Do not try to help someone else from the car while you are standing on the ground.


Find more useful information about how to stay safe around electricity from our other safety pages:

Overhead power line safety

Indoor electrical safety

Generator safety

Stay safe during an outage

Safety and energy efficiency podcast


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