Pickwick Electric Cooperative reminds you that storms and power lines can be a dangerous combination.
Tornadoes or high winds can mean downed power lines. And fallen power lines can be deadly.
If you see a power line lying on the ground, or if a tree falls on a line, STAY AWAY!! Always assume the line is energized. Remember — a tree on a power line can act as a conductor. That means you can be fatally wounded by touching only the tree. And if you try to help a victim of these circumstances, you could also be injured by touching either the victim or the tree.
If you see downed power lines, Pickwick Electric Cooperative recommends that you:
- Keep a safe distance;
- Send for help by calling the cooperative or 911;
- Stand guard, if possible, to keep others away from danger.
Following these guidelines may save a life.
If high winds result in power outages, Pickwick Electric Cooperative will begin working to restore power as soon as safety conditions permit.