Safety around power lines

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The recent ice and windy weather is causing power lines to go down. 

Experts are saying if you see a power line down or lying on top of a car, you should stay at least 30 feet away.

Even if the lines are not sparking, they can still be active. Electricity can travel through fences and vehicles, so assume that any down line is dangerous. 

Coming in contact with an energized line can cause serious or life-threatening injuries. 

Aaron Ruegg, spokesman for Potomac Edison- FirstEnergy said, “It can lead to fallen limbs and trees laying on lines. In all of those cases, we encourage our customers to call so that we can have our qualified line crew out to access the damage and remove the equipment with proper safety precaution.”

Potomac Edison is reminding residents to report downed lines to police or fire authorities and contact the electric company with information on downed lines and outages in the area. 

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