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Pacific Power Reminding People to Stay Away From Downed Power Lines

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YAKIMA, WA - Pacific Power wants to remind you to treat all wires as if they are live.

They say last weekend, a tractor knocked down a power line near Toppenish and caused a small power outage. The driver got out and used his gloves to move the power lines assuming it was a dead line when it was not and luckily he was not shocked or killed.

Pacific Power says there is no way to tell if a wire is safe to touch. Sometimes the wires spark or they just sit there. They say this is the third time this month someone has come across a downed line and assumed it was dead.

They recommend that if you see a fallen line, assume always that it is live and stay away. You can be electrocuted just by standing too close to the downed wire if conditions are wet and the voltage is high.  

If a tractor or vehicle comes in contact with a power line, stay seated until help gets there.

If there is danger of fire, jump as far away from the tractor as possible and keep your feet together when landing. Do not allow any part of your body to touch the equipment and the ground at the same time. Many injuries have happened when equipment operators tried to get back on or touch equipment after getting off.

Finally, never try to raise or move a power line. Stay clear, keep others away and call 911 and Pacific Power toll free at 1-888-221-7070.