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What to do in an electrical emergency

Downed Power Lines

  • Downed power lines are dangerous.  They can cause serious injury or death.  We recommend staying at least 50 feet away from downed lines. 
  • If you see a downed line, assume it is energized.  Do not touch the line or anything touching the line. Move away by shuffling with small steps, keeping your feet together and on the ground.
  • Do not drive over downed lines.  If your vehicle comes in contact with a downed line, stay inside and attempt to get help, but direct others to stay away from your car.  If you must get out, jump clear of the vehicle without touching the ground and the vehicle at the same time.  Shuffle at least 50 feet away from downed line with feet together and on the ground, don't run away. 
  • If you see a downed line, or witness an accident involving a downed line, stay at least 50 feet away and call us at 1-888-582-2176. 

[source: Puget Sound Energy]

Electrical Fire

  • In case of an electrical fire, unplug the faulty appliance or turn off the power, if possible.  Never throw water on an electrical fire. 
  • If it is small, put it out with a multipurpose fire extinguisher, class "c" electric fire extinguisher or baking soda.


  • Avoid trees, poles and other tall objects.  Go to low ground and crouch down if caught outdoors.
  • Stay out of the water.  Never go swimming or boating during a storm.  If you are in the water, get out as quickly as possible.