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Downed Power Lines and Car Accidents Involving Power Poles

(Thursday, January 14, 2010)

  • Report fallen wires immediately to your utility. Customers should call The Virgin Islands Water & Power Authority (WAPA) emergency numbers (340) 774-1424 or (340) 773-0150 also to report power outages and to receive restoration-time estimates.

  • Stay away from downed power lines and anything downed lines may be touching.

  • If you come across a downed line, keep as far away from it as you can. Never touch a downed line or anything near it. Assume any downed line is an energized power line.

  • If a power line falls on your car while you are driving, slowly continue on to move completely clear of it (but do not drive over it). If your car is immobilized, stay in it until help arrives.

  • If the downed line causes a car fire, escape the vehicle by jumping clear of the car with both feet together. Be sure not to touch metal and the ground at the same time. Be sure to keep your arms crossed over your chest while you jump. Once you land on the ground with both feet together, quickly shuffle away from the car. Do not walk or separate your feet as you move away from the vehicle. If a car hits a power pole, knocking down power lines, call WAPA’s emergency numbers and 911 immediately. Never try to open a car door if there are live wires and stay well clear of the vehicle.

  • If someone comes in contact with a power line, stay clear and call WAPA’s emergency numbers and 911 for medical treatment immediately. Do not touch the person or try to move the wire. Once the person is no longer in contact with electrical current, determine what first aid steps to take


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