With the possibility of ice, freezing rain and snow barreling down on Northeast Oklahoma, GRDA has published some safety tips to keep in mind if it gets really bad to the point of power outages and down power lines.
You can read this entire article at http://www.grda.com but here are the key points to remember…
1. Always assume fallen power lines are energized. Stay at least ten feet away from a downed power line and any nearby objects it may be touching, such as a fence or a tree limb.
2. Remember, a power line does not need to be sparking or arcing to be energized, even if it is sagging close to or on the ground.
3. Be careful not to put your feet near water where a downed power line is located.
4. Do not drive over downed power lines
5. Contact your utility company immediately to report downed power lines outside your home.
6. Never touch a person who is in contact with a downed power line. Call 911 immediately.
7. Never attempt to move a downed power line with another object. Even non-conductive materials like wood or cloth that are slightly wet can conduct electricity.