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Dangers of a Downed Utility Pole

A utility pole provides lines for electricity to where you live and work. It is understood that the energy carried along them can also present life-threatening dangers. Should a utility pole become damaged and unstable, here are the safety tips you should know.

A Downed Utility Pole

The typical utility pole can carry the lines that

  • Transmit electricity to substations.
  • Distribute electricity to homes and businesses from substations.
  • Provide cable television, broadband, and telephone wires.

In addition, metal transformers convert high voltage to low, allowing the electricity to enter homes and businesses safely.

Danger and What to Do

An electrical pole presents a danger when it leans. Whether from insect damage or high winds, a leaning pole can damage property or cause harm. The dangerous voltages carried along these lines can cause severe injuries, and the electricity from a falling transformer or electricity line can even cause death.

It’s important to treat any downed wires as dangerous. Because electricity passes easily through broken tree branches or other debris, keep clear of the area until professionals arrive to repair the infrastructure.
Remember the following:

  1. Don’t touch!
  2. Report the downed line to authorities.
  3. Keep at least 10 feet away.
  4. Avoid touching anything in contact with downed wire.

Contact Tim Kyle Electric, Heating & Cooling

Should you experience any repercussions within your home after the authorities have corrected a downed utility pole, contact Tim Kyle Electric, Heating & Cooling.  We provide 24/7 emergency service. Your family’s safety is our top priority. If you are looking for an electrician in Myersville or the greater Baltimore area, give us a call today.

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