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Tips for Safe Summer Driving
Summer is the season of vacation and road trips. If you plan on spending time in the car this summer, it is important to be aware of electrical safety risks you may encounter on the road.
If you are driving after a storm, keep away from downed power poles, stray power lines, and damaged electric equipment. Downed and damaged electric equipment can still be charged with electric energy. If you come in contact with the equipment you could receive a severe shock.
Car accidents are another occasion when people may come in contact with electricity. If you are in a car accident with a power pole, do not leave the car until utility professionals tell you it is safe. After a car accident, it may be instinctive to flee the car as quickly as possible. However, if you are in an accident with a power pole, inside the car is probably the safest place.
If the power line involved in the accident is still energized and you step outside, your body becomes the path for that electricity and electrocution is the tragic result. Even if a power line has landed on the ground, there is still the potential for the area near your car to be energized. Stay inside the vehicle unless there’s fire or imminent risk of fire.
If you must get out because of a fire, jump clear of the vehicle without touching it and the ground at the same time. Then hop with feet together, this way there will not be a voltage difference between your two feet, which would give electricity the chance to flow through your body.
Several years ago, a group of four Indiana teenagers were in an accident with a power pole. Fortunately, they had seen a demonstration about the dangers of electricity in car accidents earlier that week at their school. Not only did the teenagers know to stay in the car, they warned people who approached the car to stay far away. A video of their story is available on the Safe Electricity website.
Safe Electricity wishes you safety in all your travels this summer.