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I&M Encourages Drivers to Know Before They Go

May 24, 2024

Whether falling snow or summer showers, road conditions can deteriorate rapidly. Adjusting how one drives in changing weather can increase safety for everyone on the road, but accidents can still happen. And when they do, especially if a utility pole or line is involved, knowing what to do next can make a big difference for drivers and their passengers. 

In any season, vehicle accidents can contribute to power outages. If you do find yourself in a situation where your car has hit a pole, causing a line to fall on top of it, remain in your vehicle if you are able to do so. If you witness an accident that results in a downed line, do not approach the vehicle.

To help stay safe in these scenarios, Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) says to:

  • Call 911 and remain in your car until help arrives unless it becomes unsafe to do so (smoke or flames from the vehicle).
  • If you must leave, avoid contact with the vehicle and the ground at the same time. The power line on your vehicle has caused the car and the ground around it to become energized. Stepping from one voltage to the next can cause a person to become a path for electricity.
  • Exit by jumping from your vehicle and landing with both feet together.
  • Shuffle or hop away, similar to a bunny, keeping both feet in contact with each other, until you are at least 100 feet from the vehicle. Do not run.
  • If you can safely remain in your vehicle, wait until the line becomes de-energized and you are alerted by first responders that it is safe to exit.

Helping keep our customers and community safe is a top priority. From storm safety to staying safe around power lines, find a full list of tips and information at https://www.indianamichiganpower.com/safety/.

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