Beware Downed Power Lines

It has been a very windy day thus far with wind gusts as high as 45 mph. A Wind Advisory is in effect until 7 p.m. tonight.

Since 6 a.m. this morning, and as of 1:00 p.m., Fairfax County Fire and Rescue units have responded to twenty-one calls for reports of downed power lines. There will more than likely be additional downed lines this afternoon and through this evening.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue wants all residents to know that downed power lines can be extremely dangerous! It is especially important to understand that downed lines can energize other objects, including fences, cars/trucks, buildings, bushes and trees, and telephone/cable TV cables.

Our partners in safety at the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) have some great tips to keep you safe in the infographic below. Accessible tips can be found HERE.

REMEMBER! Assume all downed power lines are live and dangerous!

Beware Downed Power Lines