At Lyon-Lincoln Electric Cooperative, the safety of our employees, members, and the general public is important to us. The following information is meant to keep you and your family safe, and possibly save a life.
Accidentally touching a power line can be dangerous and even deadly. Lyon-Lincoln wants our members to stay safe around power lines.
Whether you are working outdoors on a landscaping project or playing with your children, keep a safe distance away from power lines and other electrical equipment used to get electricity to your home.
Power Line Hazards and Cars
If a power line falls on a car, you should stay inside the car. Warn others outside the vehicle not to touch it or the power line and for them to stay a safe distance away. Call 911 immediately. The only circumstance where you should get out of the vehicle is if it is on fire. DO NOT step out of the vehicle but JUMP FREE of the vehicle, so that your body clears the vehicle before touching the ground. Electricity spreads out through the ground in ripplies, like a stone dropped in water. The voltage is highest in the ring closest to the vehicle and decreases with distance. Hop with feet together so that one foot won't be in a higher voltage zone than the other, which could make you a conductor for electricity.
If you use space heaters or electric blankets, follow these rules to keep safe: