Power Line Safety

Learn more about how to stay safe around downed wires.

Image with the header Good to Know at the top. Text says: Power Line Safety Stay Back and Call 911 - Always assume that a power line on the ground or dangling is live, even if it's not connected to a pole or throwing sparks. - Stay at least 10 meters (33 feet) away as electricity can travel through water and the ground around power lines. - Keep others away. If someone does receive an electrical shock, don't try to approach them. - Immediately report any downed wires to Hydro or NF Power and call 911. Pictured on the right of the image is a powerline on the ground with sparks.