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How to handle downed power lines on your car
As heavy ice and snow begin to accumulate this coming winter, motorists face a unique danger - downed power lines. Should you find yourself trapped as a result of downed lines on your vehicle, follow these car safety tips to prevent serious harm.
Stay in the car
Live wires will electrify almost anything they touch, especially your vehicle. Inside the car is the safest place you can be, as you are not in danger of completing the electricity's path to the ground. Remain in your car and refrain from touching the exterior or anything around it, according to the National Weather Service.
Immediately call the emergency services to alert them of your situation. If you don't have access to a phone, honk your horn to signal a passerby. Inform them of the immediate danger and warn them to stay as far away from your car as possible. Electricity can travel throughout the area around your car if there are puddles or connected branches.
This is an absolute last resort, but if your vehicle catches fire, you need to escape. The Pacific Gas and Electric Company suggests jumping away from the car. Keep your feet together to ensure that you do not touch the ground and car at the same time.