Here’s what to do if you see downed power lines

With winter weather causing issues across the region, several downed power lines have been reported.

Temperatures will continue to climb towards the middle 30s this morning. The ice threat will keep dropping, but there will be scattered rain showers through noon, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini said. The ice has weighed down several power lines, causing them to fall.

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Here’s what you need to know if you see a downed power line:

• Safety first Dayton Power & Light advises people to stay away from downed power lines and to NEVER tuoch one. Always assume it is live and report it online or call 877-4OUTAGE. Stay at least ten feet away from downed lines and keep children and pets away.

• If you are cleaning up after storm damage, do not remove tree limbs near downed lines until DP&L crews have repaired the damage, according to DP&L. Here are more tips.

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• If you encounter an accident involving a utility pole: Never approach a vehicle that is touching power lines; instead call 911 immediately; and remain a safe distance away from the vehicle, keep the passengers in the vehicle calm and wait for emergency personnel to handle the situation.

• If your car is touching a pwoer line, stay put. Honk the horn and roll down your windown and yell for help or call 9-1-1 on your phone. If you must leave the vehicle, remove loose items of clothing and jump clear of the vehicle, alnding with both feet together, according to AEP Ohio.

Check out 5 tips for driving safely on icy roads before you head out for the evening commute.

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