Power Line Safety After the Storm

Severe weather happens year-round. Tropical Storms and Typhoons can seriously damage power lines and other electrical equipment. Storm damage causes dangers that lurk after a storm has passed. The Commonwealth Utilities Corporation (CUC) encourages you to be aware of and prepared for those dangers.


  • When you see power lines on the ground following a storm, stay away, warn others to stay away and immediately contact the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation Call Center at (670) 664-4282. Lines do not have to be arcing or sparking to be live. Any utility wire, including telephone or cable lines sagging or down could be in contact with an energized power line making them also very dangerous, so stay away from all of them.

  • Be alert to the possibility that tree limbs or debris may hide an electrical hazard. A downed power line can energize things around it, such as chain link fences and metal culverts.

  • Keep in mind that a line that’s indeed “dead” could become energized during power restoration efforts or improper use of generators.

  • If you are driving and come upon a downed power line, stay in your vehicle, warn others to stay away and contact emergency personnel and the the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation.

  • Never drive over a downed power line. It could cause power poles or other equipment to come crashing down.

  • If you are in a car that has come in contact with a downed power line, stay in your vehicle. Wait until the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation has arrived and de-energized the line. Warn others not to approach the car. If you must leave your car, only in the case of fire, jump free from the car and hop away from it with both feet together.

  • If you have a generator, know how to use is safely. If your generator is permanent, call a qualified electrician to install it.