SDG&E Offers Power Line Safety Reminder
Aug 27, 2012
SAN DIEGO, Aug. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is reminding customers of the importance of power line safety. Last week in Los Angeles, two good Samaritans were electrocuted when they came in contact with water that was electrically charged by a downed power line. According to news reports, a woman was trying to help pull a driver from a car accident when she stepped into the charged water and was electrocuted. A second victim was also electrocuted when they tried to rescue her from the scene.
"This was a horrific chain of events and this tragedy is a reminder that you should never touch or approach a downed power line or its surroundings," said David L. Geier, vice president of electric operations for SDG&E. "The safety of our community is our number one priority and we advise our customers to always assume that any power line is 'live' and electricity is flowing through it."
The company warns that electricity travels from a high voltage level to a low voltage location, which could be the ground or its surroundings. If a person touches a power line with their body or an object that can conduct electricity, the person and/or object becomes the path for the electricity to travel through to the ground. Such an incident can result in severe injury or death.
"If you encounter a downed power line, stay away from it and never touch the line or anyone or thing in contact with it," added Geier. "Remain calm and immediately call 9-1-1 or SDG&E."
Fallen electric lines are extremely dangerous. Report any downed lines to 9-1-1 and SDG&E immediately at 1-800-611-SDGE (7343). In an incident involving electric power lines, SDG&E offers the following guidelines:
Down or Broken Power Lines
If a Vehicle is Involved
Overhead Electric Lines Safety Tips
Underground Electric Lines Safety Tips
For other safety tips, please visit www.sdge.com/safety.
SDG&E is a regulated public utility that provides safe and reliable energy service to 3.4 million consumers through 1.4 million electric meters and more than 850,000 natural gas meters in San Diego and southern Orange counties. The utility's area spans 4,100 square miles. SDG&E is committed to creating ways to help customers save energy and money every day. SDG&E is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company based in San Diego.
SOURCE San Diego Gas & Electric
For further information: Allison Zaragoza, San Diego Gas & Electric, 1-877-866-2066, Twitter: @sdge