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Timely Electricity Education Gives Four Indiana Families a Happy Ending
When teenagers Lee Whittaker and Ashley Taylor saw a power line safety demonstration at their high school, they never dreamed their new knowledge would be put to the test. Five days later, they and two classmates were in a car that crashed into a utility pole, bringing live power lines to the ground.
Fortunately, they remembered the advice safety expert Kyle Finley had presented in his Live Line Demo program. All four survived because they knew the right actions to take.
“That information saved my life and my friends’ lives,” said Lee Whittaker.
“You have to remember that you can’t smell, hear or see electricity, but the power in that line is tremendous and can be deadly,” Finley said. “The safest place after a crash is inside the vehicle, and the best thing you can do for a loved one who is trapped is to stay back and call the utility to disconnect power to the line.”
There were injuries during the car accident, but the teenagers knew not to get out of the car and told those who approached the accident to stay away. They waited more than 30 minutes for line crews to arrive and deactivate the power line.
In the vast majority accidents involving power lines, inside the car is the safest place to be. Only in the rare instance of fire should people exit the car.
If you must exit the vehicle, jump clear of the vehicle with both feet together. Keep your feet together as you hop away from the car. This prevents current from flowing from one foot to the other.