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Safety after the storm


hey can strike at any time, of course, but winter is prime season for damaging storms. Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative reminds its


members to be aware of potential hazards that could be encountered during storm clean-up and recovery. When you see power lines on the ground following a


storm, stay away. Warn others to do the same and inform the electric utility or call 911 immediately. Lines do not have to be arcing or sparking to be live.


Any utility wire, including telephone and cable lines, could be in contact with an energized power line, making them dangerous, too, so keep a safe distance from all downed lines. Never drive over a downed line. Be alert to the possibility that tree limbs or debris may hide an electrical hazard. Keep in mind a downed power line that is energized can cause other things around it to become potentially hazardous, including objects such as chain link fences or metal culverts. A line that is “dead” could become energized during


power restoration efforts or through the improper use of generators.


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If you are in a car that has come in contact with a


downed power line, stay in your vehicle and wait until utility personnel have arrived and de-energized the line. Warn others not to approach the car. If you must leave your car—only in the case of fire—jump free without touching the ground and auto at the same time, keeping both feet together. Continue to keep both feet together and hop to safety. If you use a portable generator, be sure a transfer


safety switch has been installed, or connect the appliances directly to the generator. This prevents electricity from traveling back, or “backfeeding,” through the power lines. Backfeed creates danger for anyone near lines, particularly crews working to restore power.


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