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January 22, 2019 12:53 PM

What to do if you observe downed or sagging power lines #malibu

Stormy weather, particularly high winds, can cause power lines to fall. This can create hazards, including electrifying puddles, wet grass, and the surrounding area.

If you observe a downed or sagging power line, stay away and DO NOT touch anyone or anything in contact with the line. Always assume downed power lines are energized and dangerous. Stay away from the line, call 911, and be prepared to provide the following information:

- Address of location where line is down and nearest cross street, if known
- Description of situation (e.g., downed, sagging, or arcing line)
- Is there debris blocking the area, such as downed trees, branches, power pole?

Always be aware when you are around overhead power lines. Stay at least 10 feet away from both overhead power lines and electrical facilities, and never approach or touch overhead power lines or any person or object in contact with the lines.

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