Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Safety Tips If You or Someone You Know Collide Into a Power Pole

The recent story published by ktvb.com renews the concern about what you should do if your vehicle (or that of another) collides into a power pole.

ktvb.com reports:
CALDWELL – Four people were taken to the hospital after a two-car accident on Highway 55 Saturday night.

At approximately 6:30 p.m., Tyler Collins, 22, of Caldwell, was northbound on Malt Road in a 2005 Nissan Altima.

Police say Collins failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of Malt Road and Karcher Road, striking a 2007 Chevrolet pickup driven by Florencio Hernandez, 73, of Casa Grande, Arizona. The impact sent Collins' vehicle into a power pole, which caused a chain reaction.

"(The car) hit the power pole (and) broke the power pole," said Scott Tulleners with Idaho State Police. "When the power pole fell it snapped another power pole across the street on Malt, which drug lines down, blocking both Highway 55 and Malt Road."

Collins was transported by air ambulance to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center where he is in critical condition. Hernadez and his two passengers were taken by ground ambulance to St. Al's with unknown injuries.

Police are investigating.

The following video provides the do's and don'ts when faced with such an emergency.

The following safety guidelines are published by Pacific Gas and Electric Company at http://www.pge.com/microsite/safety_esw_ngsw/esw/emergency/car.html and should be strictly adhered to in order to avoid personal injuries after a power line falls upon your vehicle or you come across another vehicle in a similar crisis, namely:

If you are in a car when a power line falls on it, STAY IN THE CAR. When you are in the car you are not a part of electricity’s path to the ground. Wait in the car until qualified electrical workers turn the power off and tell you it is safe to leave the vehicle. If people come near the car to help you, warn them to stay far away. Ask them to telephone 911 and the local electric utility for help.

If you MUST leave the car because of fire or other danger, JUMP away from the vehicle so no part of you touches the vehicle and ground at the same time. Land with both feet together, then shuffle away. Take very small steps and keep your feet in contact with each other and the ground constantly.

Do not try to help someone else from the car while you are standing on the ground. If you do, you will become a path for electricity and could be hurt or killed!

Once you jump from a car with a power line on it, the danger may not be over. Electricity can spread out through the ground in a circle from any downed line. The voltage drops as you move away from the point of contact. If one part of your body touches a high-voltage zone while another part of your body touches a low-voltage zone, you will become a conductor for electricity. This is why you should shuffle away from the line, keeping your feet close together.

Always remember the motto, "SAFETY FIRST." Stay calm. Think. Act and don't react. It's best to stay in the car until help arrives but if a fire breaks out and you must evacuate the vehicle, then follow the safety tips recommended in the video.


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