Powerline Safety- STAY SAFE!
MYTH: If I make contact with a powerline with my vehicle or equipment I should get out and run to safety right away. (...FALSE!!!...)
FACT: The vehicle or equipment and the ground around it may be electrified and you could be seriously injured if you get out of the vehicle. Stay inside until the utility workers tell you it’s safe to get out. Tell everyone to stay back 10 meters (33 feet, about the length of a school bus).
If you have no choice but to exit the vehicle or equipment;
--> Check and make sure there are no wires in your way.
--> Stand in the doorway, cross your arms and put your feet together.
--> Jump as far away as possible from the vehicle or equipment and land with both feet together.
--> Do not touch the vehicle.
--> Keep your arms crossed, feet together and HOP at least 10 meters to safety.
Always assume a downed line is energized!