MYTH – Outdoor power lines carry the same 110-volt electricity that we use in our house
FACT – In Indiana, most power lines carry 7,200 volts, but some carry up to 19,000. Contact with any of these lines is deadly. It’s impossible to tell what voltage a wire may be carrying just from looking at it.
MYTH – When a power line falls on the ground, it automatically becomes dead
FACT - Even if you don’t see sparks, you should stay at least 20 feet away from the line, and farther away is even safer. Always assume that a downed line is a live line.
MYTH – Power line have safety devices that shut off the power if a line breaks or touches something
FACT – Power lines are never safe to touch. Even a fallen power line can re-energize at any time. If you see one, call your electric cooperative or 911 immediately, and never try to move it! If a line falls on your vehicle, stay inside!