In Case of An Accident Involving an Electric Line

In Case of Electric Line Contact or Down/Broken Power Lines

If a person or piece of equipment comes in contact with an electric line, or if a line is down or broken.

  • Call 911. Ask for the police department, fire department rescue service or SDG&E
  • If an accident causes a fire, fight it with a dry chemical or CO(2) extinguisher.
  • If possible, shut off the power.
  • Don’t touch the person or any equipment involved. The line may still be energized and dangerous.
  • Freeing someone from energized power lines or equipment should only be attempted by a qualified SDG&E employee or a trained rescuer such as a fire fighter.
  • Always assume that power lines are energized unless you personally know they have been disconnected, and that they could not be reconnected without your knowledge.

If a Vehicle is Involved

If a vehicle is involved and you are in it.

  • Sit quietly until help arrives.
  • Warn others not to touch the vehicle.
  • If the vehicle is on fire and you must leave it, open the door or window and jump clear without touching the vehicle and ground at the same time. Do not allow yourself to be a path of electricity from the vehicle to the ground.
  • Be careful not to fall back against the vehicle, and to avoid any wires on the ground.