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.