Always assume a downed wire is energized and therefore dangerous. Touching a live line or anything near it - such as a fence, puddle, car, etc. - can cause electricity to be transmitted through your body until it reaches the ground. This usually results in serious injury and sometimes death.
If you ever come across a downed line, leave the area immediately. An energized line that has fallen across a car, fence, building or any other object can be very dangerous to unsuspecting passersby. You should never touch a person, car, tree, limb or any other object that is in direct contact with a power line.
Report downed power lines to Xcel Energy by calling us at 1-800-895-1999.
If a power line has fallen onto a vehicle, stay away from the vehicle. Seek help immediately by calling 911. If you are in the vehicle, wait inside the car until help arrives. You are safe from electrical shock as long as you stay inside the car. If you must leave the vehicle due to fire or other life-threatening reason, leap clear of the vehicle, landing with both feet together. Never hold onto the door while leaping and once on the ground, hop away - do not run.