Electrical Public Safety at American Electric Power - Guidelines Used Around Downed Power Lines

Electrical Public Safety at American Electric Power - Guidelines Used Around Downed Power Lines

Firefighters, police, EMT and other professionals have jobs that can place them around downed power lines. Learn what to do if you are in a situation involving a downed power line by watching this series of short videos.
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Safety at the scene is top priority and with electricity, there are no second chances. These guidelines should be used around downed power lines.

  • Keep everyone away from downed power lines, including you.

  • Secure the area. Be aware that there may be dangers you can’t see such as a line concealed by foliage or a downed line a few spans away.

  • Notice any metal objects such as fences and guardrails. They may have become energized from downed power lines.

  • A downed line that is not sparking can still be live and cause electrocution.

  • Assume that all downed lines, even phone or coaxial cable lines, are energized. These can become energized by a downed power line.

  • Report downed power lines to your local power company immediately.


AEP ranks among the nation's largest generators of electricity, owning nearly 38,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S.  AEP also owns the nation's largest electricity transmission system, a nearly 39,000-mile network that includes more 765 kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined.
AEP's utility units operate as AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia, West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas).



Monday, August 1, 2011 - 8:00am