What to do if you see a downed power line in SE Michigan

A tree fell on power lines Wednesday, March 16, 2016 near 26 Mile Road and North Avenue in Macomb Township. (Photo by Mike Arcilesi/Local4)

If you see a downed power line:

  • Call DTE Energy immediately at 800-477-4747
  • Assume the wire is hot. Just because there aren't sparks, doesn't mean the line isn't carrying electricity.
  • Don't touch a fallen power line or anything touching the wire. Always stay 25 feet away from a downed power line.
  • Do not touch anything or anyone in contact with a fallen power line.
  • Stay away from water near downed power lines, even small puddles.
  • If a fallen power line comes in contact with your vehicle, STAY INSIDE until help arrives. If you must leave, jump clear of the vehicle.
  • Be careful not to stand under damaged tree limbs or power lines
  • Be especially cautious near metal fences around the area.

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