Beware Downed Power Lines!

Fairfax County firefighters and paramedics have been responding to wires down/arching/on fire incidents all morning. The heavy snow, along with wind gusts up to 35 mph, may cause trees, tree limbs, and power lines to fall. Scattered power outages are possible.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department reminds residents 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. Assume all downed power lines are live and dangerous!

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

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