What To Do If You Find A Downed Power Line


Picture this: it’s raining cats and dogs outside, you see flashes of lightning out your window and hear the roar of thunder every couple of seconds. You’re in the middle of a severe summer storm when all of a sudden a power line comes crashing down. What should you do?


Downed power lines can cause some serious problems especially if one happens to fall on your property. Not only are they extremely dangerous to touch - we strongly discourage anyone from even going near it - they can wipe out power to your home for days or even weeks.

Any wire on the ground or hanging from a pole should always be considered live. Even if it doesn’t look like its conducting electricity, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Contact your local power authorities right away to report the downed line.

While you wait for them to come and remove the problem wire(s), be sure to keep your children and pets at a safe distance. Never attempt to drive over a power line and if one happens to touch your car, stay inside! Honk the horn or roll down the windows for help but be sure to warn others to stay away. Anyone who comes in contact with the ground surrounding your car or who touches the car itself may be injured.

Once professional personnel has removed the down line, you may need to call in your electrician to restore power to your home. That’s where we come in!

In the event of a power outage this summer where your power is not completely restored, the experts at GEN3 Electric will come by to assess the situation. Just give us a call at 215-512-4102.

About The Author

Bill earned a degree in Electrical Engineering and Architecture, then founded Generation 3 Electric in 2000. His father, an electrician, was his inspiration. These days, Bill actively manages his company and enjoys focusing on new technology and marketing.