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If a power line falls:

  1. Stay at least 25 feet away from the line and anything it is touching. Instruct others to do the same.
  2. Even if they don’t hum or spark, fallen lines can be deadly.
  3. Notify Consumers Energy at 1-800-477-5050 immediately.

Shuffle, don’t run, from a downed line.
The correct technique for moving away from a downed line is to shuffle with your feet together and on the ground. Fight the urge to run, and warn others not to run. This is because when a live wire touches the ground, electricity travels through the ground in all directions. Voltage decreases as it travels from the center where the live wire is touching the ground. If you run or take large steps, you increase the chance that electricity could come up one leg and go out the other, and you could be shocked.

Look out for lines after storms.
Fallen lines are most common after storms and high winds. If you are outside after a storm, be alert for lines that may be hidden by streams or standing water.



Never touch fallen power lines or anything they may be in contact with. Stay far away and call Consumers Energy at 1-800-477-5050.


Shuffle away from downed lines

Shuffle away from downed lines