Look Up & LIVE Power Line Safety

Practice power line safety. Before starting any project keep these power line safety measures in mind.

  • Consider all lines (including downed power lines) to be live and dangerous.
  • Locate all overhead power lines and stay at least 10 feet away.
  • Do not touch anything in contact with a power line.
  • Carry ladders and equipment horizontally.
  • Stay at least 35 feet away from downed power lines and call CFU at 319-268-5297 immediately.
  • It is also important to teach your kids not to fly kites or play in trees near power lines.

If a vehicle contacts a power line or utility pole:

  • Tell others not to approach and stay at least 35 feet away.
  • Have someone call CFU at 319-268-5297 to de-energize the line.
  • Stay inside your vehicle unless you see fire or smoke.

In the event of fire or smoke:

  • Do not touch the ground and vehicle at the same time.
  • Jump from the vehicle with your feet together and shuffle away. 
  • Avoid lifting your feet.