Downed Power Lines

What do I do if I see a downed power line?

  • Always consider all electrical equipment, lines and conductors to be energized.
  • If you notice a downed line or damaged electrical equipment, contact MEA immediately.
  • Stay away and warn others about the line until MEA arrives.
  • Remember that circuits do not always turn off when a power line falls into a tree or onto the ground. Even if they are not sparking or humming, fallen power lines can kill you if you touch them or even the ground nearby.
  • Downed power lines can energize other objects. Never touch an object that is in contact with a downed power line.
  • Distance is your friend.
  • Never guess, stay away!

What if a power line is touching my car and I’m inside?

If your vehicle comes in contact with a downed power line

  • Stay calm and stay inside your car.
  • If you have a mobile device, call 911 for help.
  • If a passersby is trying to help, roll down your window and warn them not to come near the vehicle.

What if it isn’t safe to stay in my vehicle?

If you have to exit a vehicle (i.e. It’s on fire) that has come in contact with downed power lines

  • Try to jump clear of the vehicle, landing with both feet together.
  • Keep your feet together and shuffle or “bunny hop” as far away from the car as you can.

If you see a downed power line, call MEA immediately to report it:

  • Mat-Su Valley: call 746-POWR (746-7697)
  • Eagle River: call 696-POWR (696-7697)

Be ready to give MEA a good decription of your location, the situation and whether or not you have already called 911.