Beware of all downed electric power lines, fire officials said this week.
After the most recent winter storm, Easton Fire Chief Steven Waugh said his fire department received numerous reports of citizens in town being unsafe around downed utility lines.
These reports range from moving downed utility lines off the road, removing trees and limbs from utility lines, and walking under downed trees and close to downed utility lines on the road.
In one instance, a United Illuminating employee had to warn a person who was about to move a downed live primary power line from the roadway.
All these instances were incredibly dangerous and could result in serious injury or death to the people involved, Waugh said.
Waugh said, "Please do not go near or attempt to move a utility wire of any kind. Assume that all wires are live. Respect the barricades and road closure tape that are put up to direct you away from hazards including downed utility wires. Do not approach or drive over a downed line, and do not touch anything that it might be in contact with. The utility company will get to them and make them safe; it may take some time, but ultimately, I am sure that your life is worth waiting for them to do their job."
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