Downed power lines
- Secure the area. Keep yourself and the public at least 30 feet away from fallen power lines. Fallen transmission lines from large towers require 100 feet of clearance.
- Stay clear of all downed lines and anything they are contacting, including nearby fences, trees, cable or phone lines and the ground.
- Be extremely cautious when using water to fight fires near downed power lines. If you must use water, use only a mist or spray. Do not use a stream – it can create a clear path for an electric current.
If National Grid does not distribute electricity in your department’s response area, please coordinate your incident response with the appropriate local electric utility.