Power Line Safety

Stay safe. Stay away.

Downed power lines can be deadly. If you see one, stay back and call 911. Need to report an electrical emergency? Call us. We’re here to help.

Downed Lines are dangerous

Power lines carry a strong electrical current that can seriously injure or even kill people. When a line falls, the current can travel through the ground and nearby objects. That’s why it’s so important to keep away.

Stay Back

Stay at least 100 feet away from downed or sagging power lines. That’s the length of two semi-trucks.

Don't Touch

Never touch a power line or anything caught in a line, such as a balloon or kite. 

Call 911

Remember, there’s no way to know if a power line is live by looking at it. If you see a downed line, call 911 right away.

Safety Tips

  • Electricity can jump from power lines to nearby tools and ladders. When working outside, look up and stay away! Keep yourself and equipment at least 10 feet away from overhead power lines.
  • If you see a tree growing close to a power line, don't try to trim it yourself. Call SRP at (602) 236-8888.
  • If you see something caught in a power line, don’t try to get it down yourself. Call SRP at (602) 236-8888 or email us at publicsafety@srpnet.com. We'll safely remove it.
  • When storm clouds roll in, make sure that patio furniture, umbrellas and trampolines are secure. Strong winds can blow these items into power lines and cause an outage.
  • One Mylar balloon can cause an outage for thousands of people. Choose non-metallic balloons for your next celebration. Keep them tied down and never release balloons into the air.
  • When installing an antenna or any other object near an overhead power line, call (602) 236-8888 or email publicsafety@srpnet.com.
  • After a storm, keep children and pets away from areas where lines may have fallen.
  • Electrical lines, along with water and gas pipelines, are buried somewhere in your yard. Before you dig, call 811" to have an expert stake out your utility lines.

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Have an electrical emergency?

Call SRP. We're here to help.

Auto Accidents: What to Do

If you ever find yourself in a vehicle that has made contact with a live power line, it’s best to stay inside the car. Call 911 and wait until help arrives. If you must exit the car, jump out to avoid touching the vehicle and ground at the same time. Land with both feet together. Keep your feet together and hop or shuffle – don’t run – until you’re a safe distance away.

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